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Pionér (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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Erik Skjoldbjærg
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aksel Hennie ... Petter
Wes Bentley ... Mike
Stephen Lang ... John Ferris
Stephanie Sigman ... Maria Salatzar
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Ronald
Ane Dahl Torp ... Pia
Jørgen Langhelle ... Leif
André Eriksen ... Knut Jensen
David A. Jørgensen ... Jørgen Heimland
Eirik Stubø Eirik Stubø ... Ivar Jeger
Endre Hellestveit Endre Hellestveit ... Trond
Laurents Rørvik Laurents Rørvik ... Martin
Janne Heltberg Janne Heltberg ... Trude Svendsen
Jerker Fahlström ... Jørgens far
Tyrone C. Wiggins Tyrone C. Wiggins ... Vakt (as Tyrone Wiggins)
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Storyline

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 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. Written by Websurfer

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1980s | oil | sea | diver | accident | See All (37) »

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When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare

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Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway | Germany | Sweden | France | Finland

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pioneer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,555,559 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,857, 5 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,847, 2 January 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

About 1 hour into the movie you can spot the AdO-arena, the swimming hall in Bergen city, in the background. The movie is supposed to take place in the 80's, but the swimming hall wasn't build until 2014. See more »

Goofs

(at around 35 mins) Petter opens a bag containing bundles of U.S. dollar bills. All denominations shown are clearly the currency designs that began circulation in the late 1990's. The movie is set in 1979. See more »

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A damp squib
8 May 2017 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

'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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