Kon-Tiki (2012) - Adventure, History

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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Joachim Rønning
Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Length: 118 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 5 out of 72 found boring (6.94%)

One-line Reviews (63)

An entertaining movie.

Special mention to sensitive as well as evocative original Music by Johan Söderqvist .

Also, the perishing of the seventh member of the crew - Lolita, a female parrot is dramatised in the 2012 feature, so is the conflict between Thor and Herman, all is embellished to make the picture more engaging, while in the documentary, in a matter-of- fact fashion, Thor never mention any dissension among the crew, only focuses on their novel discoveries and daily activities, plus the reception when they finally reaches the island land, with the local Polynesians.

The script is rather repetitive and the general outline of the story too familiar for its own good.

The various events are thrilling and look believable although the most impressive moments are when we see just how small the Kon-Tiki looks in the vastness of the ocean.

It makes for a thrilling trip and one which Thor actually filmed much of ...

), the fantastic camera work (the scenes shown are somewhat familiar but looking very fresh and fascinating), fantastic (and severely limited, thank you!

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's breathtaking adaptation of Thor Heyerdahl's account of sailing across the Pacific Ocean is an impressive piece of work.

In fact by comparison to the exploit it recorded, the original documentary came across as rather bland, precisely because of such limitations.

) There are a few breathtaking images of Polynesian islands and the ocean horizon.

Kon-Tiki is a great and exciting film.

"Exhilarating, at times riveting and inspirational...

Going from the micro to the macro, he manages to keep interesting also the vast empty spaces of the ocean, which emerges as a living character in its own right, often peaceful, sometimes petrifying, always powerful.

Very entertaining .

Taking 16 years to swim onto the screen, the directors make it worth the wait,as the decision to shoot on sea leads to a spectacular blending of CGI and the clutching at hope on the raft,which loosens as the crew get attacked by various deadly sea life in gripping battles.

When they do so, they will realise that part of the reason why they had a good time in the cinema is because professional scriptwriting made the essentially tedious 101 day journey more palatable.

An exciting adventure inspired by real events .

The story is not boring at all, au contrary I thought it was very entertaining.

Two Directors Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg and the writer Petter Skavlan have done a FANTASTIC job of making this toothache boring description into an incredibly fascinating action film.

If you have seen Life Of Pi and enjoyed it, Kon Tiki should be enjoyable as well.

While the story is fascinating and Thor Heyerdahl is certainly an interesting man, the film just feels a bit empty.

In their 101 day voyage, they fought off sharks, whales, bad weather, boredom and some disputes within the crew as to whether they were doing the right thing.

The bore, the awe of discoveries, the fear of weather, sharks and whales.

An exhilarating, at times riveting and inspirational story.

exciting .

Recently finding 2012's The Deep and In the Heart of the Sea to be gripping lost/travelling the high seas films,I got on the raft for Kon-Titki.

Acting seems so realistic and engaging to depict this true adventurous history :))) Some camera shots appear aesthetic while score sounds great.

However, perhaps I am not a great person to watch this one, as I found the film a bit dull once it moved from the planning stages to actually heading out to sea.

The film has some wonderful photography but it really is hard to make an exciting film of what really is six guys in a boat, hence why I found the text all those years ago rather flat.

But this new film is anything but tame, and succeeds in combining striking photography of the adventure itself with a compelling look at one man's quest to show that "it can be done.

Also, it is really exciting.

Kon-Tiki is made by the same directors who made the film, Max Manus, back in 2008, and they have proved twice that they are able to make entertaining and well made movies based on famous stories.

Kon-Tiki (2012)*** (out of 4) Visually stunning telling of explorer Thor Heyerdahl's (Pal Sverre Hagen) epic and now legendary journey traveling nearly 5,000 miles from Peru to Polynesia in a wooden raft.

Kon-Tiki is a strong import, fascinating and thrilling in equal measure and a film that is just as much about the perils of nature as it is about the gratification that comes with conquering it.

Character development was hard to follow (there was almost no character development) and very little story build up.

Stunning adventure drama.

When Rønning and Sandberg aren't capturing sweeping, stunning shots of the Pacific (and the tiny boat at its mercy) they are letting the camera rest on the diminutive aspects of the voyage, at least so when compared to the grandness of what's around them.

The visuals are very stunning, and at times I was very shocked and intrigued with what I was seeing.

In order to come off as entertaining and convincing at the same time, a balance must be reached.

At times my adrenaline rose, my heart started pumping, and I started lusting for adventure myself - just by watching.

Generally speaking, the crew is in harmony, tensions have been tentatively built, but of little avail, indeed, it is the heroic act of Knut (Santelmann) saving a drowning Hermann with sharks swimming around, comes as the most gripping moment.

I really was drawn into this exciting and epic adventure which had some beautiful visuals.

They notice that the raft is absorbing water, and thus getting heavier.

Kon-Tiki a Stunning Experience .

It must have been a temptation for the directors and principal screenwriter Petter Skavlan to fictionalize Heyerdahl's exploits and to create a stunning action/adventure tale on the lines of A Perfect Storm or White Squall.


¨Kon-Tiki is an exciting Norwegian film about a real life adventure involving six European explorers and a raft.

As for the real story, seeing it unfold here makes for a thrilling adventure that deals with some bickering between the men but also some breathtaking moments involving a whale and some highly intense scenes with sharks.

The wonderful camera work and soundtracks make the breathtaking quest a voyage of epic proportions.

Kon-Tiki is a very engaging film and one you should go see.

Kon-Tiki is an exciting adventure that draws you in.

Visually Stunning and Inspirational, the Sailing Sometimes Seems Too Smooth .

Thrilling, Lavishly Mounted and Hugely Accessible .

There is a shark scene that is intense and shows some blood and guts.

The pace is a little on the slow side.

Though it's by all means competent craftsmanship, I was honestly somewhat bored much of the time, also with scenes that were supposed to be intriguing (even more so since none of the extremely dramatic stuff with the sharks is supposed to have actually happened).

With some nice scenery to treat the eyes, the film nonetheless become tedious and boring at points making it a mediocre fair.

Over 100 days on a raft is at least 90 days of boredom.

Yes, the plot was exciting and interesting as well as informative.

Somehow, they managed to take the air out of an exciting story of discovery and courage turn it into a cornball paint by the numbers kitten poster.

Though more prone to cinematic clichés than Thor Heyerdahl's original feature documentary (which also won an Oscar in THAT category 60-some years earlier)--such as the explorer's spouse fretting at home while the explorer is off gallivanting around the world (a convention in life and art since at least Norway's earlier sea pioneer, Leif Eriksson)--and while it is arguable WHETHER films shot simultaneously in English by a bilingual cast and crew should EVEN BE ELIGIABLE for the foreign language category, this movie is for the most part an engrossing story of man against the sea (there are no women among the Kon-Tiki's crew), despite an ending probably well known by about 99% of the audience likely to view this film.

The photography, done without CGI effects such as in Life of Pi, is striking and beautiful, yet Kon-Tiki is mostly a formulaic adventure story that mimics the superficial triumphalism of Hollywood without capturing the deeper spirit of the journey.

Judging this purely as an adventure film I found more exciting than one might expect from a story where it is known beforehand that the expedition made it to Polynesia.