Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Biography, Drama


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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl'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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5 January 2013 | maximkong
7
| Somehow like a Norwegian version of 'Life of Pi' - but better and based on a true story
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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Trivia

Tobias Santelmann (Knut Haugland), Pål Sverre Hagen (Thor Heyerdahl) and Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Herman Watzinger) also worked together on Out Stealing Horses (2019).


Quotes

Thor Heyerdahl: Liv? Listen to this: "The Faa-hoka is the Marquisian variety of pineapple. It was found in abundance by the first European explorers".
Liv Heyerdahl: Same pineapple?
Thor Heyerdahl: Yes. That really belongs in South America.
Liv Heyerdahl: Perhaps it can swim?


Goofs

When Bengt tells Thor about terrible water streams near Galapagos islands, he shows him a book with an illustration. But the book he shows has nothing to do with Galapagos - it is a drawing by Harry Clarke made for a 1919 reprint of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "A Descent into the Maelström", and shows an exaggerated portrayal of the Moskstraumen whirlpool near Lofoten archipelago, Norway.


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.


Alternate Versions

In an unusual technique, the film was shot simultaneously in both Norwegian and English, with each scene being filmed twice, first in Norwegian and then in English, with the same actors. This resulted in two versions of the film to be released, one primarily for the Norwegian domestic market, the other for an international audience. In a few cases, such as action scenes and computer-generated sequences, they used the same shot, later adding English with dubbing.


Soundtracks

Flickan i Havanna
("The girl in Havana")
Lyrics by
Evert Taube (as Taube) and music by Horatio R. Palmer (as Palmer)

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Adventure | Biography | Drama | History

Details

Release Date:

26 April 2013

Language

Norwegian, English, French, Swedish, Spanish


Country of Origin

UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden

Filming Locations

Maldives

Box Office

Budget:

$16,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,168 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$1,517,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,842,887

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