Kon-Tiki, the film – Norway As we speak

Kon-Tiki, a film about Thor Heyerdahl’s epic journey

Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer. He grew to become well-known for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947. The story of the legendary voyage-maker, Thor Heyerdahl, who travelled 4300 miles on the ocean in 1947 to show that South American residents had been capable of migrate to Polynesia. On this article I’m reviewing the Kon-Tiki film. The film is produced by Harald Zwart and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. It was launched in 2012. Don’t skip this text for those who’re within the journey film style!

Thor Heyerdahl wished to show his concept that it was Peruvians who had been the primary to find the Polynesian Islands. This, he believed, they achieved by crusing a number of 1000’s of miles throughout the ocean, by the use of a easy balsa-wood boat. He needed to depend on a lot of his buddies to tackle the perilous trek throughout the ocean – armed with primitive units solely – with out the usage of any superior know-how.

General criticism of the movie

The movie doesn’t convey something new and particular to the viewer. We’re going to witness a cruise and a few individuals. On the one hand, we’ve to see the risks that these sailors face, and on the opposite, the conflicts that happen between the members themselves. In each circumstances, the movie is just not overly thrilling.


First, I felt that the storytellers must be confronted with extra harmful and thrilling occasions that, factually, fizzled out with out taking place. That’s to say, aside from a number of small shark battles and some minutes of not-so-scary storms, we see nothing about this group’s battle with nature.

One of many first guidelines of the journey style is that we’ve to see the fascinating moments when individuals battle with nature to beat a doubtlessly deadly scenario. The filmmakers haven’t, nonetheless, paid a lot heed to that.

The larger and extra necessary drawback is, nonetheless, that storytellers by no means turn out to be neither multidimensional, private, or on the very least, empathetic. Even worse, Thor, because the central character, has zero attraction. The companions are very one-dimensional: one is a digital camera professional, no extra no much less. One other one is a run-of-the-mill coward, who causes the sharks to assault.

We solely see one not-so-important points of those individuals and, in the long run, they neither change nor does something occur to them. As talked about, the worst factor is that Thor, because the pivot of the story, doesn’t make a lot of a distinction. We all know nothing extra about him on the finish of the story than at first.

For instance, we all know from the start that he can not swim, and he can not on the finish, both. Not with the ability to swim doesn’t pose an enormous drawback within the movie, so why the emphasis? From the beginning, we see him as a “actual” man: very resolute, good-natured and enticing, however in the midst of the vastness of the ocean, he breaks down momentarily and apologizes for not with the ability to leap into the water to save lots of his buddy. He reiterates that he doesn’t know easy methods to swim. His buddy laconically states that that it’s no drawback “as a result of everyone knows that you simply have no idea easy methods to swim!”

Briefly, not solely will we, because the spectators, not come to a brand new understanding of the individuals, they don’t uncover any new points of one another, both.

Nonetheless, the message of the film may be very clear: after we consider in one thing, we’ll succeed. At one level, in the midst of the journey, a buddy of Thor, frightened by the obstacles, in response to Heyerdal saying “We’re going to do what the tribes did 1.500 years in the past – believing of their god.” It’s this perception that brings them to a contented ending of this harmful journey.



Information in regards to the Kon-Tiki film

  • 12 months of manufacturing: 2012
  • 1st Director: Joachim Rønning
  • 2nd Director: Espen Sandberg
  • Producer: Harald Zwart
  • Script author: Petter Skavlan
  • Price range: $ 16,600,000
  • Launch Date: 2013-03-21
  • Contributing nations: England, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
  • Languages: Norwegian, English, French, Swedish




This text is written by our contributor, Ali Ashrafi, to be shared with the esteemed readers of Norway As we speak.

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