"Fishing Without Nets"
*** (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.