By DAVID WEINER
August 27, 2013
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, this riveting, true-life tale comes from the directing duo whose next project is Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 5 with Johnny Depp. Kon Tiki tells the amazing story of Thor Heyderdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity--and save his reputation--by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous ocean to meet his fate, while the world watches.