Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki

Joachim Ronning (2012)

118min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Filmed on the open sea, this handsome adventure story feels both authentic and modern while delivering the reassuring throwback thrills of the classic 1950s matinée feature. Pal Sverre Hagen stars as Thor Heyerdahl, the ethnographer who took his life in his hands when, in 1947, he set out to prove his theories of migration by setting sail from Peru to Polynesia on a primitive raft made of balsa wood logs. Although history tells us that he and his crew made it, there is still plenty of tension and, while it skirts the less sanitary aspects of six men being at sea in a confined space for 101 days, Kon-Tiki captures the scale of the expedition with an appropriate sense of lush, visual awe. As Heyerdahl, Hagen has the right amount of daring and gravitas, though his recklessness - hinted at in scenes of marital discord - is somewhat soft-pedalled in favour of the bigger picture: a man who put his ideas to the test by playing the highest stakes imaginable.

Summary

An anthropologist forms a theory that Polynesia was settled by explorers from South America prior to Christopher Columbus' expedition. To prove his claims are possible, he and a small crew sail a wooden raft across the Pacific using no modern technology. Fact-based drama, starring Pal Sverre Hagen and Anders Baasmo Christiansen. In Norwegian, English, French and Swedish.

Cast & Crew

Thor Heyerdahl Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen
Herman Watzinger Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Knut Haugland Tobias Santelmann
Bengt Danielsson Gustaf Skarsgard
Erik Hesselberg Odd Magnus Williamson
Torstein Raaby Jakob Oftebro
Liv Heyerdahl Agnes Kittelsen
Spinden Peter Wight
Allison Elisabeth Matheson
Director Joachim Ronning
Director Espen Sandberg
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Edited for contentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 19 Dec 2014
Drama