Kon-Tiki Tuesday, 07 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Thor Heyerdahl drifts into history.

  • Starring:

    Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd Magnus Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Jakob Oftebro, Agnes Kittelsen

  • Directed by:

    Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    A boy falls into a frozen lake. Competitors spar in a fencing match. Stories are told of vessels capsizing, killing at war. Drowning (discussed). Men fall overboard. People are injured from handling ropes, stepping on coral, being thrown by waves. Blood/gore: A man wears a peg-leg (frostbite). An infected, bloody wound is seen on a leg. Bloody scratches, grazes, bruising, sunburn. A whale shark is harpooned. A shark catches a bird. A shark is stabbed repeatedly. Bloody entrails are thrown to sharks. Animal blood splatters on people, surfaces, clothing.


    Flirting. Kissing. A couple swimming naked are seen from a distance. A naked man is seen from behind.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits, brandy, wine). Smoking. Alternative medicine is used to treat a wound. Prescription medicines are mentioned.


    Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.


    Exploration, discovery, adventure, history, teamwork, relationships, ambition, survival, dares, settlement, scientific theories, morale, leadership, faith, trust, vulnerability, near-death experiences, tensions, folklore, skepticism, man-versus-nature, triumph over adversity, isolation, introspection, humanity.


    Extreme wintry setting. Adrift oceanic setting. Whale sharks, Great White sharks, whales, fish, bioluminescent marine invertebrates, birds, crab, beetle. Taxidermy seen (insects, birds, marine wildlife, snakes, small wild animals). Human skull. Fishing, shark-catching, harpooning. Dead fish. Waterfall. Shark attack. Brief subtitles for Polynesian language. Based on true story. Roof-top aerial cinematography over city street; sky-high aerials toward plane and clouds; sweeping camera point-of-view travels from ocean through sky and troposphere into stratosphere then back again. Black-and-white documentary-style footage. Vomit (seasickness), urinating. Lightning, thunder, tropical storm. Inability to swim.


    Incredible story, lovingly told. Real sense of tension. Rich characters. Striking cinematography.


    Muted sense of drama. Anti-climactic. Poor characterisation. Shallow. Not a completely true depiction of events.

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