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Kon Tiki (2013)



Critic 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.

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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.(c) Weinstein

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Critic Reviews for Kon Tiki

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (27)

It is beautifully shot and has the same fierce intelligence about it that you find in its producer's other epic "quest" movies.

December 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The wacky, amateurish derring-do of the six-man crew, led by the lanky, floppy haired Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen as the ethnographer Heyerdahl, is astounding.

December 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Enjoyable but not as exciting as it should be.

December 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

It's intrinsically rousing stuff, although the journey is a little low on drama apart from the odd shark attack and a bit of bickering between Heyerdahl and his virtually indistinguishable crew of blond men with beards.

December 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Not the most ambitious film on Thomas's resumé, but as sturdily assembled, in its old-fashioned way, as the authentic balsa-wood raft on which Heyerdahl and his five intrepid crew-mates made their trek.

December 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects.

May 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kon Tiki


An engaging odyssey with a stunning cinematography that uses an appropriately large depth of field to explore the vastness of the high sea. Also, the characters are complex and well defined in their motivations, in a story that manages to be quite tense.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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While the actual science of this real life adventure remains questionable, the Viking/Nordic spirit behind it all sings like the call of the sirens (insert Wagner's RIde of the Valkeries theme here): "let's go sail the Pacific Ocean on a raft, cause I think some of our ancient ancestors did!" Once on the ocean however the enormity of the undertaking sinks home and the tension escalates accordingly. A fine cinematic how-do-you-do all in all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Beautifully filmed adventure movie about Heyerdahl and his crew crossing the pacific on a raft after WW2. While the enterprise itself goes relatively smoothly there is a wonderfully terrifying shark attack in the middle of the film that's worth the movie already. Especially the camera work and direction are excellent, the script could have used some refining here or there. Heyerdahl is portrayed as oddly arrogant protagonist. Still, a nice film. No wonder the directors are now moving on to Pirates of the Caribbean. Great choice.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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