PIONEER – Movie Review
An underwater conspiracy thriller? You’ve got my attention.
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 (Hennie), is 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 way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Pioneer brings what it promises, a conspiracy thriller set in the 80’s dealing will the oil boom. Pioneer starts off with a pretty dull beginning, in my opinion. Yes, it does explain and lay out the map perfectly for the characters and setting, but it’s done in a way that bores the audience. I didn’t think the movie would reach beyond that… turns out I was wrong. This movie builds. Not into some big revelation and hugely climactic ending, but it shows Petter and his journey to uncover the truth. Each pieces is slowly, but surely, put together. This movie is 2 hours and, while I thought I’d dread it, I found myself invested into what was happening. I’m one whose not too fond of subtitles, but I didn’t mind it during Pioneer. I wanted to know what they were saying, what Petter was putting together, what crazy thing he had to do to help solve this mystery. It’s all fascinating.
I thought the acting was great and the directing superb. I loved the style it was shot in. It really added to the movie and actually made some of the duller moments rememberable. While Pioneer might not be for everyone, it is worth a chance. I found myself disliking it for the first 30 minutes, but it slowly pulls you in.