In the annals of human adventure, Thor Heyerdahl’s balsawood raft expedition from South America to Polynesia is one of the most remarkable. Kon-Tiki examines the 1947 quest, and on the grounds that it covers the story, the film is a success. But three-month boating excursions have a way of not thrilling audiences…unless there’s a CGI tiger along for the ride. If it’s not thrills you’re seeking, then Kon-Tiki will likely engage you pretty easily. The sense of familiarity of Heyerdahl’s seemingly impossible task helps spur you along, but unless you’re just looking for edification, it may be too much monotony. Still, Kon-Tiki was nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar this past year and it does look great, but there’s only so much suspense a film like this can have. In this case, it’s not quite enough.
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Cast: Pal Valheim Hagen, Anders Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Jakob Oftebro and Agnes Kittelsen