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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.
The plotting is so tortuous that following who has done what may give you the bends.
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.
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.
The diving sequences are involving, but the pressure seems to have gotten to the scriptwriters. Brain death is the result.
The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley treads water in this dull oceanic thriller.
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
A suspense drama devoted to one fleeting moment of sub-thermocline narcolepsy. If nothing else, a first.
Hennie is a convincingly resolute hero and the director generates some tension from the situation but the film lacks edge and originality.
A souped-up and often absurd Norwegian conspiracy thriller: a sort of gloomy, jumper-wearing Silkwood.
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.
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.
Headhunters' Hennie excels as the man caught between paranoia and menace. A spirited knuckle-crack of a thriller.
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.
Hennie's typically strong work and a smattering of engrossing sequences ensure that Pioneer just squeaks by...
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