This enthralling, riveting, compelling film is for anyone who has actualized their dreams, defied the “odds” and the “gods”, bulldozed antagonistic skeptics, spitting in the eye of the disbeliever; castrators of ingenuity, promise; and for all those who have yet to slay the cynics; give birth, sculpt their fantasies into reality.
“Kon-Tiki” is filmmaking at its pinnacle; actors, especially Pal Sverre Valhein Hagen as “Thor” are startling clones of the original protagonists; glorious, creative cinematography, breathtaking in scope, outstandingly beautiful; and a tale that defines a visionary, a man intransigent in his desire, unflappable resolve to prove that South Americans (from Inca-Peru) over 1,500 years ago, in a balsa-wood raft, sailed west and were the first inhabitants of Polynesia.
Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) (named after “Thor” the Norse god of Thunder: “Thursday” references the myth); a Norwegian ethnographer assembles a crew of six men and a parrot who re-create the balsa raft (baptized “Kon-Tiki”) and set sail from Peru on April 28, 1947; what transpires is magic, relying totally on celestial navigation for 101 days, this daring crew dance with the elements, outwit nautical-naga scavengers, and one star-infested evening realize Neptune, Thor and Tiki had accepted them as worthy members of their league.
Thor Heyerdhal was a man for the ages; he could not swim, cursed with a dreadful fear of the water, after two, near-death, “watery grave” experiences in his youth; he was not a sailor. But he was a man with a mighty mission, refusing to be felled; conquering all adversaries, roadblocks; living a life he chose, believed in; to paraphrase “Invictus” (William Ernest Henley and the mantra of Nelson Mandela) he was the master of his fate, the captain of his soul.
FOUR & 1/2 STARS!!!!