Okay, it’s not the newest movie but I recently seen in on tv and was pleasantly surprised. I never heard of this Scandinavian production before. It’s based on a true story and is a remake of a 1950’s movie. The film is an international co-production between Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the
Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl’s idea and the events surrounding
the group’s voyage.
The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian islands. After financing the trips with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations, and the events on the trip. The “Kon-Tiki” was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and “Kon-Tiki” is an old name for this god. Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Academy Award winning documentary in 1951, and he wrote a book about the expedition that was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, although most anthropologists now believe they did not. Anyway he proved that it was possible by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at that time. The trip took 101 days over 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean before the “Kon-Tiki” crashed onto the dangerous reefs outside Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947. All crewmen survived, and the “Kon-Tiki” was taken back to Norway. She is now featured in the Kon-Tiki Museum.
It’s interesting how this movie doesn’t slow down or gets boring when they are showing you 6 people on a raft that is not that big. It’s funny that I might say the best part of the movie are the parts that they are on the water. It was refreshing to see all new faces, of the main cast I only recognised 1 person from the Hit tv show Vikings. If you have seen enough action packed movies for a while and want to sit and just want to enjoy an adventure movie this one might do the trick.
This film was shot simultaneously in Norwegian and English, with each scene being filmed twice, first in Norwegian and then in English.
It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country’s most expensive production to date.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards.
IMDB Score 7,2/10
Audience Score 77%
Critics Consensus: A well-crafted retelling of an epic true story, Kon Tiki is a throwback to old-school adventure filmmaking that’s exciting and entertaining in spite of its by-the-book plotting.
English version 114 minutes, Norwegian 119 minutes.
24 August 2012