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Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | | Adventure, History | 26 April 2013 (USA)
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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.

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Thor Heyerdahl (as Pål Hagen)
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Amund Hellum Noraker ...
Bamse
Eilif Hellum Noraker ...
Thor Jr.
Elisabeth Matheson ...
Allison
Kasper Arneberg Johnsen ...
Thor 6 yrs. (as Kasper Ameberg Johnsen)
Edward Kling ...
Erik 7 yrs.
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Jonas Heier Straumsheim ...
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The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian islands. After financing the trips with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations, and the events on the trip. The "Kon-Tiki" was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and "Kon-Tiki" is an old name for this god. Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Academy Award winning documentary in 1951, and he wrote a book about the expedition that was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, although most anthropologists now believe they did not... Written by OJT

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Real adventure has no limits.

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Adventure | History

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing violent sequence | See all certifications »

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26 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Кон-Тики  »

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Budget:

$16,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,168, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,517,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,842,887
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2006 Olav Heyerdahl, Thor Heyerdahl's grandson, made the same voyage crossing the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia as a tribute for the original travel. It was shown in the documentary The Tangaroa Expedition. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters uses the counting method introduced in 1951 (1st July) when reporting Kon-Tiki's position. He uses the word 'femtifem' (English: fifty-five). In 1947, when this film is set, he would have used 'fem-og-femti' (English: five-and-fifty). As this old-fashioned counting method is used by many (younger) people today, the new counting format is still debated in Norway and the film-makers may be expected to be aware of this. See more »

Quotes

Herman Watzinger: [about the ropes that keep united the raft] It's our only chance. Our only hope now is to try and reinforce the ropes. Tighten up everything again.
Thor Heyerdahl: Herman... We have built this raft just like Tiki did, and he made it there. And so will we. This is the faith we have.
Herman Watzinger: Faith? This isn't a religion Thor. This is... insanity.
Thor Heyerdahl: This is bigger than us.
Herman Watzinger: Please. Look at the logs. Feel how your raft is moving.
Thor Heyerdahl: Tiki knew.
Herman Watzinger: My God!, you understand nothing? There's no one here except you who believes in Tiki!
Thor Heyerdahl: ...
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Crazy Credits

Before the closing credits, short clips are shown in which original footage shot by Heyerdahl was reenacted by the "Kon-Tiki" actors: urinating overboard in the open sea, dancing with natives under palms, portraits, and the like. Along with this, brief notes concerning each crew member's path of life after the trip are given. See more »

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Remake of Kon-Tiki (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Flickan i Havanna
("The girl in Havana")
Lyrics by Evert Taube (as Taube) and music by Horatio R. Palmer (as Palmer)
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Somehow like a Norwegian version of 'Life of Pi' - but better and based on a true story
5 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

What a weird coincidence that such a movie came out attempting for an Oscar nomination the same time with Life of Pi, with both exhibited many similar things about survival in the ocean, though the subject matter in each film may be entirely different.

Anyway, even though I have not watched nor have any knowledge of the original, I am impressed with the way this film was made. It was pretty well-balanced with no major flaws in my opinion. Well acting performances by the cast were complemented by a high level of cinematography technique that made looked like the entire journey on the raft was really shot wide in the ocean. Like Life of Pi, there were certain marine animals that were infamously being shown from the real life account of Kon-Tiki, and the CGI made on the animals were so real you probably cant tell if those animals were fake.

Probably the major point of improvement that the film can work on is the lack of character development of the other participants in the Kon Tiki, aside from Thor Heyerdahl himself. I am not implying there was none, as we get to see Thor's mates conflicts happening from the start till the end, but I wish I could have known more why they decided to join and their background story. Understandably, with the time given the film had chosen to focus on Thor instead with a lot of plot material explaining why he had to venture into such a journey.

I was also curious if there were more that could be shown about a group of men enduring a raft journey across the ocean in +100 days. But overall, just by solely comparing the similarities, this is much better and believable than Life of Pi as well as a very satisfying movie experience.


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