This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80s, at 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.
PIONEER continues the streak of Scandinavian conspiracy thrillers on film like previous hits HEADHUNTERS and of course, THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO). Set in the deep sea, the film also feels like a science fiction film, with set pieces that look more like the Moon than the bottom of the ocean.