Pioneer (Pionér) 3.0 stars

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A fine thriller, old-fashioned in the best senses. The grounded (but still otherworldly) setting: American diving experts assisting the Norwegian government in building a deep-sea oil pipeline. (The tension is there at the outset: technicians from the two sides arguing about what sort of gas mixture to give the divers in the simulated-dive tank.) The human motive: a desperate man investigating the circumstances of his brother's death. (They're both industry veterans, and the survivor knows that something doesn't add up.) The gradually increasing murk and rapidly increasing peril. Director Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia) makes excellent use of the high-tech, low-glamour world he depicts, and manages an ending that is happy without being farcically so. The film belongs to balding, vulnerable star Aksel Hennie, but Americans Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang give good menace is supporting roles. 2013.

Matthew Lickona

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