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Stolen Seas (2013)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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The filmmakers have spent the past three years traveling to some of the world's most violent locales in order to make this documentary on Somali piracy, Stolen Seas. Utilizing exclusive interviews and unparalleled access to real pirates, hostages, hostages' relatives, ship-owners, pirate negotiators and experts on piracy and international policy, Stolen Seas presents a chilling exploration of the Somali pirate phenomenon. The film throws the viewer, through audio recordings and found video,

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Mark Monroe

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What really elevates the film ... is the crucial context that Payne provides to explain - but not justify - the pirates' actions.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A documentary of such ambitious scope that you might need a remote control and a notebook to keep up with it.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Digs deep into the subject of piracy, arguing that it's less an anachronism than a sign of the times.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Magnificent in its thoroughness and nuance, this dense, multifaceted study of Somali piracy really needs to settle down.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A dense, sometimes dangerous 90-minute immersion in a world where lawlessness applies to all sides and, shockingly, international shipping companies would rather pay the ransoms than address the underlying problems.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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This drama is couched in illuminating context ...

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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With his much more than meets the eye pursuit of raw unfiltered truth, Payne navigates the turbulent waters of piracy, as it has been impacted by the legacy of colonialism and rebellion, and the military hardware industry profiteering also kicking in.

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
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