Pioneer (Pionér) (2014)
Starring Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan LaPaglia, Ane Dahl Torp, Jorgen Langhelle, André Eriksen, and Stephen Lang
Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
While a little slow moving at the start and quite a bit repetitive in the middle, Pionér is intriguingly based on a true story and this reality carries an inherent interest that makes even the dullest moments more watchable. Aksel Hennie -- so good in Headhunters which is also streaming on Netflix (watch it!) -- more than ably anchors the film and creates a character whose paranoid demeanor following his brother's accident never seems forced or over-the-top.
Unfortunately, Erik Skjoldbjærg's film meanders, hitting much of the same dramatic notes over and over. While the director more than adequately crafts the underwater scenes with tension, his surface-based suspenseful moments don't land as well. Pionér is a worthy film with an interesting true premise, but it's not as successful as it probably should be.
The RyMickey Rating: C