Pioneer (film)

Pioneer (Norwegian: Pionér) is a 2013 Norwegian thriller film directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. It was released on 30 August, followed by a screening in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]

Pioneer
Film poster
Directed byErik Skjoldbjærg
Written byErik Skjoldbjærg
StarringAksel Hennie
Wes Bentley
Stephen Lang
Music byAir
CinematographyJallo Faber
Edited byFrida Eggum Michaelsen
Jonas Aaro
Production
company
Film i Väst
Garagefilm International
Les Films d'Antoine
Pandora Filmproduktion
Distributed byNordisk Film
Release date
  • 30 August 2013 (2013-08-30)
Running time
111 minutes[1]
CountryNorway
France
Germany
Sweden
Iceland
LanguageNorwegian
English

Plot

Petter[3] is a commercial offshore diver in the North Sea during the 1980s. Norway is at the beginning of its program for oil harvesting. Petter and his brother Knut have key roles in laying the first petroleum pipe in the North Sea.[4] Norwegians and Americans are cooperating in diving deeper than anyone previously has done, to prepare for the installation of a gas pipeline. Petter experiences a tragic accident during a test dive. When he later tries to find out what really happened, he finds that the authorities and his colleagues are trying to cover up the matter.[5]

Cast

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 53% based on reviews from 43 critics.[6] On Metacritic the film has a score of 58 out of 100, based on reviews from 13 critics.[7]

English-language remake

As of April 2014, Smokehouse Pictures, run by producing partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov, are working on an English-language remake of the film.[8]

See also

  • The drilling rig Byford Dolphin, where a real-life decompression chamber accident in Norway resulted in the death of a number of divers in 1983.

References

  1. "Pioneer (12A)". Arrow Film Distributors. British Board of Film Classification. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. "Pioneer". TIFF. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  3. Maugesten, Hanne Marie (9 August 2013). "Pionéren - Vi kan takke Magn Muledal og hans kolleger for velferden vår, mener Aksel Hennie. Han spiller nordsjødykker i ny, norsk film". Aftenposten A-magasinet (in Norwegian). p. 10.
  4. Klaustrofobisk dypdykk
  5. Pionér - Aksel Hennie til bunns i god oljethriller.
  6. "Pioneer (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  7. "Pioneer". Metacritic.
  8. "George Clooney's latest film tells dark tale of underwater peril". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
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