Shaaark! Check out the epic, globe-spanning trailer for Kon-Tiki, plus a VFX breakdown featurette!

I'd heard rumblings around the movie campfire about a little Norweigian movie called KON-TIKI that looked like a big-budget adventure flick, but hadn't paid much mind until I saw this first trailer.  I was quick to write it off as another ambitious foreign film that would probably bore me to tears, but then I saw a huge f*cking great white shark being hauled onto the deck of a tiny floating vessell made of balsa wood and thought, "Holy shit, man!"  And thus, my interest in KON-TIKI rose.

The Oscar-nominated film may not have taken home any awards from that mind-numbing ceremony, but it looks golden enough, complete with some truly epic-scale shots and wonderfully-rendered VFX work, not to mention a beautifully chopped trailer. The reviews for the film have obviously been great and it really looks like something worthwhile and I can't wait to see it, if even just to see that damn great white on board the raft.  I mean...shit! 

Here's the trailer:

And here's a lengthy VFX breakdown featurette:

Here's the synopsis:

In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl 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, 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, even his marriage, the success of the Kon-Tiki expedition proves bittersweet for Thor.

KON-TIKI hits U.S. theaters on April 19, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Should they try and make another Jaws or the dream over for that? I'd be game.



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