Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Kon-Tiki (2012)

Directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Starring Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann, Gustaf Skarsgård


A paint-by-numbers film about a few guys in a raft for three months.

This is a boring story. The fact that fictional liberties were taken to make things more exciting is evidence that maybe this not the greatest story for a movie. Why was this trip so important? The archaeological motivations for the journey are brushed over and completely forgotten by the end of the film. There’s no mention of the connection to Easter Island and no real discussion of westward migration or why it’s a big deal to the scientific community. It seems like little more than an ego trip for Heyerdahl, which makes it hard for us to care.

And stylistically, it’s boring as well. Photography and editing are all pretty standard. If there was ever a story that needed some visual punch to make it more stimulating, this was it. The shark effects and other underwater footage is fantastic, but I wonder how much of that really happened.

Acting is stale, especially with Hagen in the lead as Heyerdahl. He just stands there grinning like an idiot most of the time. How are we supposed to care about his him?

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