Want to see a pretty awesome movie about a bunch of guys setting out on a seemingly impossible voyage upon a raft floating across the vast Pacific Ocean? Bet you didn’t even know you WANTED to see a movie about such a thing, but now that you know one exists, you just gotta get on that, don’t ya? Well lookey what we have here on the good old Netflix Instant…”Kon-Tiki.”
Let me just quote myself from my full review of “Kon-Tiki:”
This is a pretty spectacular movie regardless of whether the story is real or what was fabricated to enhance the drama of the movie (apparently there was some beef with one of the characters being portrayed very differently from his real life counterpart, resulting in the filmmakers even coming out and apologizing to the family members of this misrepresented person). It is a pretty simple set up, in that these six guys agreed to set out on this mission, and the 101-day, 5,000 mile journey pretty much changed them all forever (but then again, how could it NOT?). But while the mission and goal are easy to understand, it is obvious that the trip was not going to be a piece of cake.
And sure enough, a lot of the craziness of this movie stems from the water-logged journey, which has the crew battling a fierce storm and monster waves, sharks, seasickness, damage to the raft itself, and whatever else could possibly cause a problem on such a voyage. It is a bit surprising how little friction came up between these men, as they were all stuck together on a small raft for over three months together, so surely there would have been more snickering and back biting and arguing, but in reality it appears that some of the drama between the characters was manufactured for the movie because the actual trip went very well, so I suppose all the guys just got along swimmingly (see what I did there?).
So watch this awesome movie right here and get down with the great “Kon-Tiki.”