Pioneer

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Erik Skjoldbjærg
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
58
Rotten Tomatoes:
53%
R
Year:
2013
111 min
$4,233
Website
33 Views


Petter? Are you okay?

Shall we stop?

Hey.

Bro?

Stay awake.

You fall down,

you're out of here.

Answer me,

Petter, or I'll take you out.

Okay.

What's going on out there?

What's up with Leif?

They won't take you out.

They're yelling at each other.

Bro? Pia wants a word with you.

- Huh?

- Petter?

- Hi.

- Hi.

Put the cap back on.

You're not registering

on the EEG.

Why don't you come in

and put it on?

Very nice.

Change of plans.

I need you to step into

the other chamber.

- Don't break his heart, sir.

- No, no... you.

I'm sorry, Mike,

I have to take you out.

What the f*ck

are you talking about?

What did I do?

I didn't do shit.

Please just do as you're told

for a change.

Get into the other chamber

or you're off the

entire program.

Leif?

Leif? Why was he taken out?

Close the hatch. We're cleaning

out the American gas mix.

I feel like shit.

Continue pressurization.

We're almost there.

Four hundred and ninety-five.

Is this normal?

There's nothing

normal about this.

Four hundred and ninety-six.

That politician's here

with a cake.

Who let that bird in here?

- There's an albatross in here.

- No, it's a seagull.

It's an albatross.

I've seen them in the

Gulf of Mexico.

The wings are different.

What are they talking about?

Goddamn it,

they're hallucinating.

- Jrgen? Can you see the bird?

- What bird?

Five hundred.

My lungs are on fire.

Let us handle the gas

next time, okay?

Congratulations from

the directorate.

You're the first Norwegians

to be pressurized to 500 meters.

A world record for

simulated deep diving

was recently set here.

- Does it feel good?

- Yeah, it does.

- Look at him!

- Martin.

Dad's on TV.

In very deep water, the

air basically turns to poison

inside the body, so a gas

needed to be developed

to help the divers breathe

down in such depths.

What's working with

with the Americans like?

It's uncle!

Exciting. They've got

a lot of experience with this.

One of the diving

teams is Norwegian.

I think we're in control

of the process.

Norwegian authorities

wish to pipe the

petroleum ashore.

But first the divers must prove

they can work at such depths.

Petter will go on a new test

dive led by the US company

Deep Sea Diving tomorrow.

320 meters below the surface,

they'll join two pipe sections

in a habitat.

What will it be like to reach

the ocean floor?

It's what we've been

training for.

Why we've done this experiment.

So we're looking forward to it.

In the US, Ronald Reagan has...

- Did you see Dad on TV?

- No, just Uncle.

- It wasn't exactly about you.

- Sure it was!

- He's the one they interviewed.

- Yeah yeah.

- Yeah, but it wasn't about you.

- You're not mad at me?

This next dive will be my last.

- Because?

- I'm gonna become a

diving supervisor.

- I'll make loads of money.

- Been drinking paint?

We make ten times what they do.

We don't. They get to see their

family twenty times as

much as we do.

Is this Maria's idea?

Nope.

You're gonna dive until

you're sixty?

Sure I will.

You live on a boat.

Got no family.

I've got you.

But no kids.

All that will change.

Then you'll see what I mean.

Look ahead, Petter.

Welcome aboard. I'm Ferris.

Let's get below.

Yeah. Give me a minute.

Fellas, straight on through,

I'll join you in a minute.

Boss? From your wife.

- And from Marianne.

- What about me?

Shut up.

There's no doubt in my mind

that this is the right

group of men

but we still have to

prove it to the ministry.

That's the sole point

of this verification dive.

Three hundred twenty meters,

three man teams,

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Nikolaj Frobenius

Nikolaj Frobenius (born September 29, 1965) is a Norwegian novelist and screen writer. Frobenius was born in Oslo, but grew up at Rykkinn. He studied film writing and research at LCP, London. He has written several books and screenplays, including the screenplay for the classic Nordic film thriller Insomnia, which was adapted into a major Hollywood production in 2002. His international breakthrough as a novelist came with the novel "Latours katalog" (1996). His books have been translated into eighteen languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian and Danish. His novels have received critical acclaim both in Norway and internationally, and he has won several literary prizes for his writing. Nikolaj Frobenius is a former editor of the periodical Vinduet and worked as a commissioning editor for Norsk filmfond from 2005-2008. Frobenius has written several successful screenplays, including Dragonfly (2001). In 2011 he adapted his own novel, the semi-autobiograhical "Teori og praksis" into the film "Sønner av Norge" (Sons of Norway). He lives and writes in Oslo. more…

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