From real-life journey, to memoir, to Oscar-winning documentary to Oscar-nominated feature, the tale of "Kon-Tiki" has been the essence of adventure since 1947. That was the year explorer Thor Heyerdahl and five Norwegian colleagues set sail for 4300 miles on a primitive balsa wood raft from the coast of Peru to the Polynesian Islands to prove his theory of migration.
The color-saturated, visually rich film stars Pål Sverre Hagen as Heyerdahl and a cadre of blue-eyed and, as the film progresses, increasingly bearded, sun-bleached blonde men. Agnes Kittelson has the only significant female role as Heyerdahl’s wife.
Once past the establishing opening sequences, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg really do an admirable job of keeping the static concept of 101 days floating on a raft in the open ocean dramatically and visually interesting. A few dramatic licenses are taken, but research reveals them to be more mundane than substantively revisionist.
Creative deployment of CGI creatures including a giant whale shark, a slew of great whites and other denizens of the deep provide some impressive visuals. These tricks and other movie magic are on display in a ten-minute FX featurette showcasing how many of the sequences were created.
The film was shot in English and Norwegian versions, and both are included in this release. The sole additional piece of bonus material is a 25-minute special hosted by television personality Maria Menounos that features historical photos and footage, behind-the-scenes sequences, cast and crew interviews and commentary. Available in a Blu-ray ad DVD combo pack, the 2:40:1 aspect ratio allows for some stunning vistas and makes the film a widescreen television delight.
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