Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

Based on the true oceanic adventure taken by Thor Heyerdahl, this Golden Globe and Oscar nominated Norwegian film follows the legendary explorer’s 1947 journey across the Pacific in a balsa wood raft. With the help of five men, Heyerdahl set out to prove that the 8,000 kilometre voyage could be made by South Americans wishing to settle on Polynesian islands during pre-Columbian times. From the directors of Bandidas and Max Manus: Man of War.

2012Rating: M, Violence118 minsNorway, UK, DenmarkEnglish and Norwegian with English subtitles
ActionAdventureBiographyDramaHistoricalWorld Cinema

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Despite a slightly fractured narrative, Norway’s most expensive cinematic undertaking ever is very much a film of two halves (even the soundtrack changes from piano schmaltz to naturalistic, near silence) with the first part involving Thor Heyerdahl (Hagen) attempting to get to his journey’s start line, and the second out on the open ocean.

Fantastic DIY adventure

5.0

Brilliance

Viewed this in the Civic during film festival, I had been waiting to watch for months since seeing the preview. Its a well put together historically correct storytelling of a larger than life expedition of discovery. Capturing the internal battles as well as the environment to capture and captivate the audience the entire way through the movie!

5.0

A great piece of history

All in all we did enjoy a movie which was very different from our favourite genre of French movies. Whilst it was a bit too predictable (inevitable with a biographical/historical film), it contained some great scenes. Some interesting comparisons with the cinematography of The Life of Pi - this film stands up pretty well. The old movie clips and photos...

4.0

Kon-tiki gets the tick from me!

Husband and I went to see Kon-Tiki this morning, we were the only people in the movie theatre which I thought was a bad sign. However, we thought of it as our own personal screening and sat back to enjoy. And enjoy we did! What an exciting and dangerous journey - but how amazing it must have been to be out at sea afloat for more than one hundred days -...

4.0

A thousand times better than you expect!

There are actual "on the edge of your seat" parts of this movie. The cinematography is beyond exceptional. The acting is perfect, especially if buff blonde Norwegian men are your thing. I personally like my boats to have dining rooms and staff, so living on a small raft for months is not my thing, but I thought this movie was divine. You'll love it.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

A visually impeccable, professionally crafted modern vessel that lacks any of the patched-together soul of its subject.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The film's message is sometimes clouded by sentiment, but mainly, we're told to follow our heads and our sextants, a good thing to hear on occasion.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The men are handsome, the sea is pretty and if the sharks look as rubbery as last week's chicken, at least they add some drama...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Handsome but underwhelming action-adventure.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Although Heyerdahl's book about the expedition became an international bestseller, and the documentary he directed on the same subject won an Oscar, the anthropology field has remained stubbornly unmoved. But in Kon-Tiki, the dream is all that matters.

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Despite a slightly fractured narrative, Norway’s most expensive cinematic undertaking ever is very much a film of two halves (even the soundtrack changes from piano schmaltz to naturalistic, near silence) with the first part involving Thor Heyerdahl (Hagen) attempting to get to his journey’s start line, and the second out on the open ocean.

Variety

Variety

press

A visually impeccable, professionally crafted modern vessel that lacks any of the patched-together soul of its subject.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The film's message is sometimes clouded by sentiment, but mainly, we're told to follow our heads and our sextants, a good thing to hear on occasion.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The men are handsome, the sea is pretty and if the sharks look as rubbery as last week's chicken, at least they add some drama...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Handsome but underwhelming action-adventure.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Although Heyerdahl's book about the expedition became an international bestseller, and the documentary he directed on the same subject won an Oscar, the anthropology field has remained stubbornly unmoved. But in Kon-Tiki, the dream is all that matters.

Fantastic DIY adventure

5.0

Brilliance

Viewed this in the Civic during film festival, I had been waiting to watch for months since seeing the preview. Its a well put together historically correct storytelling of a larger than life expedition of discovery. Capturing the internal battles as well as the environment to capture and captivate the audience the entire way through the movie!

5.0

A great piece of history

All in all we did enjoy a movie which was very different from our favourite genre of French movies. Whilst it was a bit too predictable (inevitable with a biographical/historical film), it contained some great scenes. Some interesting comparisons with the cinematography of The Life of Pi - this film stands up pretty well. The old movie clips and photos...

4.0

Kon-tiki gets the tick from me!

Husband and I went to see Kon-Tiki this morning, we were the only people in the movie theatre which I thought was a bad sign. However, we thought of it as our own personal screening and sat back to enjoy. And enjoy we did! What an exciting and dangerous journey - but how amazing it must have been to be out at sea afloat for more than one hundred days -...

4.0

A thousand times better than you expect!

There are actual "on the edge of your seat" parts of this movie. The cinematography is beyond exceptional. The acting is perfect, especially if buff blonde Norwegian men are your thing. I personally like my boats to have dining rooms and staff, so living on a small raft for months is not my thing, but I thought this movie was divine. You'll love it.

5.0