Sundance review: ‘Fishing Without Nets’ tackles Somali pirates
Published: January 18, 2014 04:58PM
Updated: January 18, 2014 04:49PM
Idil Ibrahim, a cast member in "Fishing Without Nets," poses at the premiere of the film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

U.S. Dramatic Competition


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.

Sundance screenings

“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.