Kon Tiki

“In 1947 Thor Heyerdahl became one of the world’s most famous men with his nearly 5,000-mile voyage across the Pacific aboard Kon-Tiki. Based on the true-life expedition, the film re-creates the 4,300-nautical-mile journey he took across the Pacific on a balsa wood raft. Norway’s entry for best foreign-language Oscar is all about proving Heyerdahl’s theory of human migration. But circling sharks, powerful storms and boat leaks loom large and menacing in this mesmerizing tale, based on the eponymous book. Unlike the 1950 documentary for which Heyerdahl supplied photos, this is a tale re-told with the benefit of contemporary cinematic tools, such as helicopter shots. Hagen is commanding and thoroughly convincing as the Nordic adventurer. The cinematography is stunning, as are the interchangeable tanned, blond actors who make up the crew. It’s a harrowing journey with some bona fide heart-in-mouth moments—despite the fact that the outcome has been well-documented. Directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg likely heightened the dramatic elements to quasi-catastrophic levels, but it keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. KON TIKI is exciting, family-friendly, old-fashioned epic fare, ideal for a hot summer day.”—Claudia Puig, USA Today. In English and in Norwegian, French and Swedish with English subtitles. PG-13. 118 Min.

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