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Erik Skjoldbjaerg

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About the Movie

Pioneer is set in the early 80’s, at the beginning of the Norwegian oil boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea, authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline 500 meters deep. Petter, a professional diver, is obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. Along with his brother Knut, 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 is pulling the strings. Gradually, he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Mr. Skjoldbjaerg, who also tapped Norwegian history with his bank robbery re-enactment "Nokas," doesn't convey a creeping atmosphere of moral rot so much as an irksome glumness. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Dec 4, 2014

Rotten: Although involving on a scene-to-scene basis, Erik Skjoldbjaerg's '80s-set Norwegian thriller is curiously muted in impact. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Dec 1, 2014

Fresh: A brooding psychological drama where everything that happens is open to multiple interpretations and figuring out who if anyone is on your side gets harder and harder to do. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Dec 4, 2014

Fresh: The tension never lets up. – Sam Weisberg, Village Voice, Dec 3, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Edge of your seat political thriller! I was totally sucked in.

The truth

Worth! Watch it!

Unique, well made, interesting material

I liked this movie, an interesting story. The filmmakers did a really good job of making the film look like the period. The mood and atomsphere was unique and good. Cast was awesome, photogrpahy was very good. Liked the score too. A well directed thriller, I liked it.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2014

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