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Pioneer (2014)


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This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80's, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world's most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous

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Insomnia director Erik Skoldbjaerg knows his '70s conspiracy thrillers backwards. As a result, Pioneer delivers insidious, shadowy tension.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The plotting is so tortuous that following who has done what may give you the bends.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

If only it didn't risk applying too much pressure. If only it didn't overload the cargo with so many plot twists, chases and corpses. Mayday, mayday, this film's about to break up.

April 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This murky Scandinavian conspiracy thriller about deep-sea divers during the Norwegian oil boom of the 1980s suffers from a plot so convoluted that it makes The Big Sleep look straightforward.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

The diving sequences are involving, but the pressure seems to have gotten to the scriptwriters. Brain death is the result.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley treads water in this dull oceanic thriller.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Viewers who enjoyed such Scandi hits as A Hijacking and Baltasar Kormáku's The Deep will be pleased with this solid actioner from Insomnia director Erik Skjoldbjærg

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A suspense drama devoted to one fleeting moment of sub-thermocline narcolepsy. If nothing else, a first.

April 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Hennie is a convincingly resolute hero and the director generates some tension from the situation but the film lacks edge and originality.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A souped-up and often absurd Norwegian conspiracy thriller: a sort of gloomy, jumper-wearing Silkwood.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

Hennie's quiet, hangdog tenacity alone might have kept Pioneer afloat, but the more tangled the plot becomes, the more hackneyed Skjoldbaerg's tactics get.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Hardly pioneering.

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Pioneer features underwater sequences so breathless they'll thrill even James Cameron (director Erik Skjoldbjærg made the original Insomnia) but Petter's truth-chasing is at times too frantic and melodramatic.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Headhunters' Hennie excels as the man caught between paranoia and menace. A spirited knuckle-crack of a thriller.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The plot, which was inspired by true events, can be a bit hard to follow but it's the diving scenes that will leave audiences gasping.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Hennie's typically strong work and a smattering of engrossing sequences ensure that Pioneer just squeaks by...

November 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Pioneer remains a captivating thriller but is a film that seeks improvement in certain areas.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

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