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KON-TIKI

Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

118 minutes, U.K.-Norway-Denmark-Germany-Sweden, 2012, Colour, D-Cinema


Joachim Rønning’s and Espen Sandberg’s Oscar-nominated film is a cracking adventure yarn based on the exploits of Norwegian explorer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl. In 1947, Heyerdahl built a raft made from balsa log and, having assembled a small crew, set sail in it from Peru determined to prove his theory that Polynesia had been inhabited by South American travellers in pre-Columbian times. A film of the expedition itself won an Academy Award in 1951 and Heyerdahl’s book detailing it was translated in 70 languages and sold 50 million copies.

While it is a matter of record, what Kon-Tiki manages to convey beyond its thrilling spectacle is the fierce drive and dedication such endeavour demands, as well as the sacrifices involved. Pål Sverre Hagen gives a charismatic performance as Heyerdahl and he is well supported by a committed cast. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

★★★★ Irish Independent ★★★★ Entertainment.ie

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