A Movie About Faith, But Not in God
Starring: Pal Sverre Hagen, Anders
Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf
Skarsgard, Odd Magnus
Williamson, Tobias Santelmann,
Jakob Oftebro, Agnes
Kittelsen, Eleanor Burke,
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Joachim Ronning, Espen
Executive Producer: Christoph Daniel, Alainee
Kent, Lone Korslund, Marc
Schmidheiny, Petter Skavlan,
Johan Christopher Stenersen,
Dario Stuter, Peter Watson,
Herik Zein, Harald Zwart
Producer: Aage Aaberge, Jeremy Thomas
Writer: Petter Skavlan, Allan Scott
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He takes his evidences to all the Anthropological publications, but none of them believe his theory due to one simple fact, the ancient South Americans had no way of traveling across the sea to Polynesia. Their only form of water transportation were small wooden rafts, which so-called experts think would be impossible to sail across 5000 miles of treacherous seas. Thor, still convinced of his theory, decides to put it to a test.
He, along with five other men, build a handmade raft using only materials that the ancient Peruvians would have. If Thor’s theory is correct, the voyage is possible. If not, it’s likely they will die. By the time they are ready to set sail, it seems as if the whole world is watching them, ready to see what comes of this suicidal endeavor.
The voyage begins and the patience of men begins to wear. If Thor’s theory proves to be false, their lives are likely over. Meanwhile, the determined Thor has his own demons to face, including his secret fear of water, and the fact he can’t swim!
KON-TIKI is visually stunning with CGI and special effects that make this grand adventure feel real and authentic. Unlike the similar “lost at sea” movie LIFE OF PI, which is more fantastical and dreamlike rather than realistic. The quality that the filmmakers attained on such a low budget compared to Hollywood’s standards is quite remarkable. Some dialogue comes off as overly dramatic and unnecessary, but the overall movie is very entertaining.
Sadly, the movie has some strong pagan and humanistic worldviews. Many times Thor tells his fellow adventurers to have faith in Tiki, the Incan sun god. He also jeopardizes the lives of five men for a seemingly insignificant cause that comes off as selfish. Though he refuses to give up, risking his life for self-validation isn’t fair to his wife and two kids. KON-TIKI has light foul language and only one violent scene, but its humanist worldview warrants strong or extreme caution.
KON-TIKI is visually stunning. Special CGI effects make this grand adventure feel authentic. The quality that the filmmakers attained on such a low budget compared to Hollywood’s standards is remarkable. Some dialogue comes off as overly dramatic, but the movie is very entertaining. Sadly, the movie has a strong humanist worldview with strong pagan references. Though Thor refused to give up, risking his life for self-validation wasn’t fair to his wife and two kids. KON-TIKI has light foul language and only one violent scene, but its humanist worldview requires strong or extreme caution.