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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 withThis 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. [Magnolia Pictures] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 4, 2014
    80
    What’s admirable about Pioneer is its succession of interesting environments, both below and above the water’s surface, and the quietly appealing figure at the center of the international intrigue.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Dec 2, 2014
    80
    The tension never lets up.
  3. Reviewed by: Carson Lund
    Nov 30, 2014
    75
    Its greatest asset, and another trait it shares with Mann and Fincher's work, is a careful attention toward the particulars of its milieu in a way that doesn't call attention to those period touches.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Dec 18, 2014
    50
    The movie isn’t really bad, just tepid, and it’s partly redeemed by a good lead performance.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 10, 2014
    40
    The more tangled the plot becomes, the more hackneyed Skjoldbaerg’s tactics get.

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