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Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching.
NY PostFull Review Good But it's a terrifically engaging throwback to the uplifting, irony-free, outdoorsy '60s Disney yarns from which we kids would emerge begging our parents for a chance to go get shipwrecked or to trek across the Arctic or at least to follow through on that treehouse they promised. In reality,
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In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor
Heyerdahl (Pal Hagen) embarks on an astonishing expedition - a journey of 4,300 nautical miles
across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife
Liv (Agnes Kittlesen), Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient
South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and fear of
water, Thor decides to prove his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself.
After replicating the design of an ancient raft in balsa wood, Thor and five fellow
adventurers set sail from Peru. Their only modern equipment is a radio, and they take a parrot
along for company. A natural leader, Thor uses the stars and the ocean's current to navigate
the raft. After three dangerous months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, sharks,
and all the dangers the Ocean can muster, the exhausted crew sight Polynesia and make a
triumphant landing. Having sacrificed everything for his mission, including his marriage, the
success of the Kon-Tiki expedition proves bittersweet for Thor.