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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | August 12, 2022

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All Aboard! Kon-tiki Movie Review

All Aboard! Kon-tiki Movie Review
Cathy Dee

If you are a lover, or even liker of adventure films, than I cannot recommend Kon-tiki enough.

Kon-tiki is a Norwegian film, directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg. Released theatrically in Norway on the 24th of August 2012, it became the highest-grossing film of 2012 and set a national box office record. To be released in Australia on the 11th April, Kon-tiki is a fantastic film that should not be missed!

Kon-tiki is based on the real life adventures of explorer, Thor Heyerdahl. The film starts by showing the young Thor, already quite the daredevil, set on impressing his friends and exploring. The story then jumps a number of years ahead to show Thor with his wife, Liv in the Marquesas. It is here that Thor develops his theory, that it was possible for South Americans to have settled the Polynesian Islands. From here the film is set in 1947 and Thor is struggling to get his theory approved and published. After a chance encounter with an engineer (Herman Watzinger) at a bar, Thor’s newest adventure, Kon-tiki is born. To prove his theory Thor builds a balsa wood raft and sails 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean. I’ll stop here because I don’t want to give anymore of the story away!

The film is shot beautifully, utilising both colour and black and white to emphasise the documentary theme. The ocean scenes were actually shot in the open ocean. This unconventional decision shows through in the film and creates a unique cinematic experience.

Kon-tiki screened at the 2012 Norwegian International Film Festival and was nominated for best foreign film in both the 2013 Golden Globes and Academy Awards. So do not miss your chance to see this film! I give it a definite 10/10.


What: Kon-tiki

When: Released in Australian cinema on 11th April

Where: Event Cinemas in Brisbane