Pioneer (2013)

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A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

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8 May 2017 | paul2001sw-1
5
| A damp squib
'Pioneer' should by rights be an interesting film, inspired by true stories of commercial and governmental espionage, scientific advance, and personal bravery, as the Norwegian government was attempting to build (in the 1970s) its first pipeline to take North Sea oil ashore. But in fact, it's rather disappointing. Firstly, there's not much dramatic tension, in spite of a ostensibly vigorous plot. And secondly, that plot itself seems unlikely: large multinational companies are certainly guilty of many evils, but I find it relatively incredible to imagine they would murder Norweigian citizens to cover up ethics breaches - more normal behaviour would be to pay the fine and carry on as before. Perhaps it's because the motivation seems so preposterous that the story fails to ignite. The unvarnished truth (which we are told led to a lawsuit by disgruntled divers) would have been more interesting.

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Release Date:

5 December 2014

Language

Norwegian, English


Country of Origin

Norway, Germany, Sweden, France, Finland

Box Office

Budget:

€5,555,559 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,857 (USA) (5 December 2014)

Gross:

$6,847 (USA) (2 January 2015)

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