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A revealing, moving feature.
Hodierne allows space for the tension to build, and the result is almost sickeningly suspenseful.
Executed with considerably more polish than the crime at its center, "Fishing Without Nets" turns the hijacking drama into a morally murky contemplation of deprivation and desperation.
Raw and upsetting ...
Does little to expand on the subject.
At once busy and simplistic, the movie lacks A Hijacking's suspense and moral urgency and Captain Phillips' fleshed-out performances. What it offers instead is a slick sense of style and a surfeit of credible detail.
What's the problem? There are so many. For example: The film doesn't at all explain how or why the fish population was depleted or where all of the machine guns are coming from...
Fishing Without Nets provides a thorough examination at the motives of those involved, particularly the group's internal conflicts.
Do we really need another Somali pirates movie after Paul Greengrass's superb Captain Phillips? Turns out we do, and Cutter Hodierne's directorial debut Fishing Without Nets almost fits the bill.
Piracy on the high seas up close and personal.
[Hodierne] still manages to fall into the same trap as the other American films on this subject, focusing on individuals rather than group dynamics.
While [the movie] builds up to an ending that is superb and harrowing, the greater part of Fishing Without Nets feels like watching a slow drowning.
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