Movie Mondays - Kon-Tiki
Join us for a screening of the Kon-Tiki on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the Plaut Room. Seating is limited to 25 and available on a first come, first served basis.
The dangers of the high seas have rarely been rendered as vivid and thrilling as in Kon-Tiki, the 2012 movie version of Thor Heyerdahl's famous and acclaimed autobiographical tale. Heyerdahl (Pål Hagen), an ethnographer and explorer convinced that the Polynesian islands were colonized by natives from South America, sets out to prove his thesis by sailing on a raft from Peru to the South Pacific. With five friends, some he's known for years and some he's recently met, he constructs his raft as it might have been made by Neolithic peoples, and sets off into the ocean. Kon-Tiki depicts the most dramatic moments of the expedition with lush and vivid cinematography, evocative sound, and compelling performances. Encounters with sharks and rough weather will stir up primal responses in viewers--the movie does a superb job of putting the audience on the boat (and in the water) with the sailors, nicely balancing narrative with gorgeous spectacle. Kon-Tiki is a satisfying reminder that, in this age of overblown intergalactic battles and crime stories, the basic conflicts of humans and nature can still seize the imagination.