'Pioneer' plumbs murky depths of a scary diving challenge

December 5, 2014 1:21 PM

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There's genuine history behind Norway's involving "Pioneer," though this drama is not based on real events but rather "inspired" by them. That difference makes for a more absorbing film than it might otherwise have been.

That history involves the discovery in the 1970s of massive oil deposits in the North Sea. For several reasons - including that the pipeline had to be laid at the unheard-of depth of 1,600 feet - experienced foreign companies came in to help Norway with this difficult task.

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