Like his 1997 film Insomnia, Skjoldbjaerg’s Pioneer is already set for a Hollywood remake. The chilly thriller follows deep-sea divers at the outset of Norway’s oil boom laying pipes on the ocean floor. As Petter (Hennie), Mike (Bentley) and the new recruits are put to the test in compression tanks, with mind-bending hallucinations and stomach-churning camera shudders, Pioneer sinks into corporate thriller territory. But it’s nevertheless pressing enough to leave one gasping for air.
Pioneer | Directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (Norway 2013) with Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley. Starts October 30.
Originally published in issue #132, November 2014.