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  • Summary: 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 is in way over his head and that his life is at stake. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Apr 7, 2014
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 7, 2014
    60
    Political chicanery and psychological mystery entwine with some stunning underwater sequences but don’t gel entirely satisfactorily.
  3. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 9, 2014
    60
    Pioneer delivers insidious, shadowy tension, while it’s genuinely surprising to find yourself so engrossed – story glitches notwithstanding – in key issues like compression sickness and divers’ gas supply.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    The more tangled the plot becomes, the more hackneyed Skjoldbaerg’s tactics get.