Kon Tiki
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Upbeat and less exciting than you might wish, though it could be a good adventure film for older kids."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"With a man-against-the-elements adventure like this one, the emphasis is, and should be, largely on spectacular depiction of the environment, and [the] directors...make use of the biggest budget yet afforded to a Norwegian film... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"It's an absorbing and often lyrical piece of storytelling that doesn't overembellish the facts or rely on a pumped-up score or whiplash editing to heighten the dramatic action."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"a credible account"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
""Kon-Tiki" is awesome in the true sense of the word: You sit in awe of the bravery, audacity, stupidity and natural power on display. Ah, to imagine and dream. And to go forth."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A thrilling introduction to one of the more remarkable adventures of the post-World War II world."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Not only is it nicely paced, but it features gripping moments of intensity, as well as some impressive visual effects."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
""Kon-Tiki" has a grand, old-fashioned feel - a man-against-nature adventure that feels like it was made in - not just set in - the optimistic post-World War II era."
‑ Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Astonishing adventure - filmed simultaneously in Norwegian and in English."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"How much is fiction and how much is deliberate confusion?"
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The characters don't register as much more than genre archetypes, but that doesn't spoil the fun, since the filmmakers re-create the journey in such vivid detail."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"This unconventionally thrilling adaptation of the memoir by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl compensates with visual flair what it lacks in intimate details."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"An adventure film driven by curiosity"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"This is not simply a faithful recreation or hagiographic biopic, but rather widens the focus to include the toll Heyerdahl's obsession."
‑ James Croot, Flicks.co.nz
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