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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Thrilling adaptation of classic book has lots of peril.

Movie PG-13 2012 96 minutes
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While overall a faithful recreation of the original nonfiction book, this movie manages to get some distance and dig deeper than the source material. While the classic book Kon-Tiki -- translated into dozens of languages with tens of millions of copies sold -- tends to focus on the immediate action, with some references to the difficulties faced with the endeavor beyond the 5000 mile journey from Peru to Polynesia, this adaptation reveals broader conflicts beyond the already daunting man-versus-nature story, including mockery from scientists, derision from fellow explorers, a worried family on the other side of the globe, and a crew of opposite characters driven to the brink by the extreme circumstances.

The result is a gripping adventure, brought to life through breathtaking camerawork and the sense in every aspect of the film's production that this was a labor of love and a tribute of sorts to both the story and to the men and women who made it happen.

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