Beasts of No Nation finds writer-director Cary Fukunaga (director of True Detective, season one) at his most compelling, leaving audience numb to their bones.
One of the best films of the year and it was released on Netflix. In a time where TV shows are being produced at their highest through streaming services, the film industry just got a run for their money. Beasts of No Nation is raw and emotionally draining story of war’s human cost.
It's a hard film to endure, but in the end gives the audience a perspective of tragedy and empathy. Idris Elba is a powerhouse and Abraham Attah guides us through the eyes of innocence. A film so cutting it will make you re-view how to look at the world. In this story, we see a world of fire through the eyes of a young boy named Agu (Attah). Agu is a recent child solider under the command of a warlord (Elba) and his rebel army.
Agu’s family was slaughtered before his very eyes and his country is in the midst of a civil war. Beasts of No Nation will hurt your conscious and is not a film for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, this emotional roller coaster hits all of the highs in filmmaking and sheds light to the horrors of children soldiers. Elba will give the audience chills down their spine as the cold cutting warlord who doesn’t take no for an answer.
He trains his rebels to kill no matter what the cost. Elba will for sure receive an Oscar nom this holiday season. Also, introducing new talent and acting chops from a young Attah who guides the audience throughout the very depths of the badlands. Beasts of No Nation is powerfully written, acted and directed; leading its audience through a hellish journey contemplating the very nature of the humanity.
Morals are thrown out the window, which gives the audience the freedom to come up with their own interpretation and message. Beast of No Nation is a masterpiece for filmmaking and receives the highest of highs … five out of five stars. It will leave you numb to your bones and the very core of your humanity. So open up your laptop and go watch this raw story, now.
Beast of No Nation is rated R (Restricted). For disturbing graphic war violence including a brief rape, drug use, some nudity, and language including some sexual references--all involving child soldiers.
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