Writers: Cutter Hodierne, David Burkman, Sam Cohan, John Hibey
Starring: Abdiwali Farrah, Eric Godon, Abdikhadir Hassan, Idil Ibrahim, Abdi Kani, Reda Kateb, Abu Bakr Mirre, Abdikhadir Mukhtar, Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad
More info: IMDb
Plot: In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long, tedious wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his course.
My rating: 8/10
Will I watch it again? Maybe.
Sundance Film Festival 2014
This is it. It's the first picture on the last day of the festival...and it's a good one. It was said at the awards ceremony last night that the director did not understand the language. That makes this picture even more remarkable as there is very little spoken English. There are subtitles all over the place though so no worries there. It's a very good thriller that goes into some interesting directions. All I knew going in was that it was a Somali pirate hijacking but told from the pirate point of view. The characters we follow are interesting. What's even better is the ending. Holy cow!!! I'm now more inclined to see CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013) than before and it you've seen CP, you're going to want to see this picture. I have a feeling they might compliment each other.