The story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal, who sailed 5,000 miles across the Pacific ocean on a balsa wood raft in 1947. After being told by countless individuals that his theories are preposterous, Thor set out to prove that it could be done - attempting to prove his theory that South Americans' settled in Polynesia over 1500 years ago. Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki is an epic adventure that is both thrilling, intense and comedic. The one thing that is apparent in Kon-Tiki is just how much respect the filmmakers have for nature and the ocean in particular. The film does a great job at establishing the vast, overbearing power of the ocean at times even creating a sense of tension, where one finds themselves simply wondering what the ocean will throw at these men next. The cinematography aids in this, with a very cinematic approach consisting of sweeping shots and wide angle lenses to put the viewer in these mens shoes as much as possible. Kon-Tiki plays like a science fiction film, really transporting the viewer to another world, showcasing both the beauty and the terror which the ocean brings. Thor is a man who is obsessed with proving his theory to the point in which everything else in his life, including his family, falls by the wayside. We see the strain which Thor's adventurous ways put on his wife, showing how he was simply a man born to explore. Thor's determination and faith in his theories are what keeps his crew sane when they begin to question their journey, He is a very interesting character, whose thirst for knowledge and adventure make him somewhat of a loner and while the film does touch on this fact, I wish the film would have explored this concept a tad more. Kon-Tiki is a great adventure film that balances the adventure aspects and character aspects of the story, ultimately leading to an engaging and intelligent experience.
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