"It’s frustratingly ironic that Kon-Tiki’s most outrageously fantastical sequences are completely verifiable, and its most predictable, workaday conflicts are completely made up. This is filmmaking of great ambition and ability, though it’s not always conducive to solid storytelling."Andrew Barker, Variety. As a sidenote, Heyerdahl’s theories still have not been widely accepted.
It took me some time to get in the film as the main actor was a bit stiff in his manners. However, It was interesting from a life perspective to see how this famous ethnographer followed his will to demonstrate his theory that polynesia had been populated by peruvians, embarking on a handmade raft and leaving his family behind. I am still wondering how they could film live animals this way. Amazing special effects...
A wonderful adventure story marred by its own self importance much like the directors' take on 'Max Manus' a few years ago. When it sticks to the journey and the adventure taking place on the voyage it is quite enjoyable and often awe inspiring; however back on land the film drags exhausting the good will one might give it. In a stronger director's hands could have really been something special instead of passable.
This is a very good movie about the epic journey of Thor Heyerdahl. For a Norwegian film, it has a very oddly Hollywood feel to it. I'm sure that would distract a lot of people, but I liked that about it. All the actors were very well-suited to this challenge and I really enjoyed their performances. It does have a few cliches, but not enough to ruin the film. Overall, very good movie and worth an hour and a half.
A chilling cautionary tale about the risks of inviting refrigerator salesman pretty much anywhere. Also a ringing endorsement of the power of positive thinking; and a long-awaited, irrefutable demonstration that tall, fit, blonde vikings look nice with their shirts off.
The fact that some of the details were changed to make things more dramatic is as unsurprising as it is disappointing. What's more the fact the filmmakers are able to move so effectively from a close-quarters scene detailing the sense of being caught in a storm at sea to gorgeous vistas from space, portraying the voyagers as ants suggest the changes weren't really necessary.
When I found out that this a film nominated for an academy award for Foreign film about a true story of an explorer's epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, i thought it would be at least dramatic if not intense. Instead I felt completely disengaged and completely bored by the whole experience. Only worthwhile moment of the film where the camera pans up all the way to space and back to the raft.