Pioneer
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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 journey where he loses sight of who's pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Insomnia director Erik Skoldbjaerg knows his '70s conspiracy thrillers backwards. As a result, Pioneer delivers insidious, shadowy tension."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"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."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"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"
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"A souped-up and often absurd Norwegian conspiracy thriller: a sort of gloomy, jumper-wearing Silkwood."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"The plotting is so tortuous that following who has done what may give you the bends."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"The diving sequences are involving, but the pressure seems to have gotten to the scriptwriters. Brain death is the result."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"A suspense drama devoted to one fleeting moment of sub-thermocline narcolepsy. If nothing else, a first."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"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."
‑ Mike McCahill, Daily Telegraph
"Headhunters' Hennie excels as the man caught between paranoia and menace. A spirited knuckle-crack of a thriller."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Xan Brooks, Observer [UK]
"The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley treads water in this dull oceanic thriller."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Hennie is a convincingly resolute hero and the director generates some tension from the situation but the film lacks edge and originality."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Hardly pioneering."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"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."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
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