Sundance review: ‘Fishing Without Nets’
Published: January 18, 2014 07:41AM
Updated: January 18, 2014 12:56PM
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| Courtesy Sundance Institute A Somali fisherman (Abdikani Muktar) reluctantly joins a band of pirates, in a scene from the drama "Fishing Without Nets."

“Fishing Without Nets”

U.S. Dramatic

*** (three stars)

First-time director Cutter Hodierne tackles a meaty subject in “Fishing Without Nets” -- Somali pirates -- and handles it with immediacy and power. Hodierne takes the vantage point of Abdi (Abdikani Muktar), a third-generation Somali fisherman whose nets and wallet are empty. He needs money to help his wife and chilld escape Somalia, so he reluctantly takes a friend’s offer to join a crew of pirates who commandeer a European freighter and take its crew hostage. Hodierne and his cast create some chilling and tension-filled moments, like when some of the pirates debate how much more money white European hostages draw compared with Asian or black ones. The bickering among the Somali crew gets a bit repetitious in the middle section, but the finale is as intense as a movie gets.

-- Sean P. Means

“Fishing Without Nets” (in Somalian, French and some English, with subtitles) screens again: Saturday at midnight at the Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City; Monday at 8:30 a.m. at Prospector Square Theatre, Park City; Thursday at 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre, Park City; and Friday, 11:30 a.m. at The MARC.