I have found another gem in the Netflix vault for you summer movie searchers: Kon Tiki ─ the based on a true story adventure of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who set out to prove that the ancient Peruvians where actually the race that first arrived in Polynesia.
In 1947, explorer Thor Heyerdahl (Pal Sverre Hagen), and a small group of colleagues, set out on a 5,000 mile journey across the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft made of materials exactly like those used by the ancient Peruvians 1500 years ago, in order to prove his theory that the Peruvians were the ones that settled Polynesia. Heyerdahl had developed his theory while living in Polynesian for ten years with his wife.
The movie is an aesthetic masterpiece in the classic explorer’s mode, fully equipped with the perils of ocean travel: storms, sharks, despair, and eventual glory.─ essentially it is Lord Shackleton on water. The distance the men travelled, some 5,000 miles is mind boggling (about the same distance from Chicago to Moscow), but Heyerdahl’s obsession with his theory overruled all common sense.
Directors Joachim Ronning, and Espen Sandberg take us on this unbelievable journey, but fail to mention one thing. Although Heyerdahl proved that the trip could have been made, DNA test have proved the Polynesians are more closely linked to the Asians than the Polynesians (Bummer!) Nevertheless, the adventure is what really counts ─ and an adventure it is. See it.
Reviewer’s Notes: Heyerdahl had brought a professional camera man on his voyage in order to chronicle the voyage. The film won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1951.
Heyerdahl wrote a book chronicling the Kon Tiki voyage which was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 million copies.
Kon Tiki is the old named for the Inca sun god Viracoche.
My Rating: 3 of 5 Barf Bags.