Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kon-Tiki (2012)

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg. Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård. 118 min. Rated PG-13. UK/Norway/Denmark/Germany/Sweden. Adventure/History.

In post-war 1940s, a Nordic explorer becomes obsessed with the idea that the 5000-mile distance across the Pacific ocean from Latin America to Polynesia can be traveled using the most primitive navigation methods, and riding oceanic currents - seeing them as "roads" rather than obstacles. Based on a true story, this is a movie of sheer beauty, adorned by the exact same elements as Life of Pi, but without the fake glamour of mind-boggling special effects. It's the story of a few adventurous madmen who brave the odds and conquer nature. Think of it as Lawrence of Arabia meets Jaws.

Trivia: This Oscar-nominated movie is a dramatized remake of the 1951 Best Documentary Oscar winning film of the same name.

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