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We have an exclusive TV spot for writer director Erik Skjoldbjærg's conspiracy thriller Pioneer, starring Wes Bentley. Set in the 1970s at the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom, a professional diver is on a mission in the Norwegian Sea when a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Pioneer will be released in theaters and OnDemand this Friday, December 5.
Inspired by real events, Pioneer's story starts in the 70s, as enormous oil and gas deposits are being discovered in the North Sea. Authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline over 1600 feet deep. Petter (Aksel Hennie), a professional diver, is obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. Along with his brother Knut (André Eriksen), he has the discipline, strength and courage to take on one of the world's most dangerous missions.
A sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where »
When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan Lapaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a Us release, however io9 has debuted a new Us poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good. Here's the latest Us poster for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, similar to the Norwegian one, debuted from io9: Here's a photo from the film »
- Alex Billington
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg.
Running Time: 111 minutes.
Synopsis: Based on the true-life story of the beginning of the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Petter (Aksel Hennie), is a professional diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. He 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 realises that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Whilst the synopsis might not make Pioneer sound particularly special, the story is very powerful, especially considering the fact that real people lived through the situation. The film has also been picked up by George Clooney who is eager »
- Kat Smith
Just days after their latest true-story drama The Monuments Men opened in theaters, producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov are teaming with Sony Pictures to remake the Norwegian thriller Pioneer. At this time, George Clooney is not attached to direct, with the studio currently seeking a screenwriter for this English-language version.
Erik Skjoldbjærg directed the original Pioneer, which opened in Norway last year after debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival. The story is set in the 1980s, at the height of the Norwegian Oil Boom, following a man and his brother who are tasked with laying a pipeline through the North Sea, diving deeper than anyone had ever gone before. When tragedy strikes, the man becomes determined to find out the truth about what really happened, while realizing his life is in danger.
4 items from 2014
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