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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This Nordic conspiracy thriller, very loosely based on real events, uncovers murky goings-on during the Norwegian oil boom of the 1980s. When the black stuff is discovered in the North Sea, the Norwegians call in American oilmen with the technical know-how to construct a sea-bed pipeline. The stakes are soon evident when local diver Petter (Aksel Hennie) only just survives a sea-bed catastrophe which kills his brother; but was it really an accident? Although suffering hallucinatory after-effects, plucky Petter turns detective to dig out the truth. The plotting here falls back on easy clichés, unwisely attempting to square a psychologically skewed character with an wider muckraking agenda. Still, ‘Insomnia’ director Erik Skoldbjaerg knows his ’70s conspiracy thrillers backwards. As a result, ‘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. Mr Clooney is working on a US remake as we speak.

Written by Trevor Johnston

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 11 April 2014
  • Duration:111 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Erik Skjoldbjærg
  • Screenwriter:Erik Skjoldbjærg, Nikolaj Frobenius, Hans Gunnarsson, Cathinka Nicolaysen, Kathrine Valen Zeiner
  • Cast:
    • Aksel Hennie
    • Wes Bentley
    • Stephanie Sigman
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