RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 137 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA SCREENPLAY CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA STARRING ABRAHAM ATTAH, IDRIS ELBA, KURT EGYIAWAN, AMA K. ABEBRESE, KOBINA AMISSA-SAM, EMMANUEL NII ADOM QUAYE, DAVID DONTOH, OPEYEMI FAGBOHUNGBE MUSIC DAN ROMER
Now, this one is kind of special. It’s the first movie by Netflix that has been officially been released in cinemas besides its online release.
Means, you can watch it right now, without paying for a movie ticket.
Beasts Of No Nation tells the story an African boy called Agu (Abraham Attah) who gets involved into the civil war bruiting in his west African home country, when his village gets attacked by Rebel forces. After fleeing the village he runs into the Commandant (Idris Elba) of government supported Rebel forces, who adopts him into his army of child soldiers.
Essentially it is a movie about child soldiers in Africa and about the fucked up fact that this stuff is happening every day. Hopefully this movie will raise awareness.
Anyway, this movie is amazing! In fact, it is so good that I wonder how many people even know about it being a Netflix production? Don’t get me wrong, Netflix is well known for its quality productions, but with the fucked up Hollywood system nowadays where an actor gets paid 30 million of easy money, you just have to wonder how much money went into this production and if Netflix is capable of stemming such a project.
Well, let me say that this movie looks stunning. The production value is on a level with every other Hollywood war movie. The battle scenes are brutal and realistic.
The scenery is beautifully captured. It’s filmed entirely in Africa and immediately you feel like in a different world. There is definitely not enough movies set in this beautiful country because nobody gives a shit about it to be frank. That’s why stuff like what the movie portrays happens on a daily basis. It’s sad and I felt like crap afterwards.
The reason it is so effective is not just because of the topic, but because of the stellar performances.
Abraham Attah is the star of this film, a now 15 year old boy. What a performance by a child that hasn’t been born into the Hollywood system.
There has been a lot of discussion about the oscars this year being so white. Some have argued that there hasn’t been any performances by black actors this year that were worthy to be put onto the nominations list.
Apparently these people have not watched Beasts Of No Nation because if they did they would have nominated Abraham Attah for best actor and/or his support Idris Elba, who was phenomenal. When I look at the nomination list there is nobody on it besides Tom Hardy who in my opinion was better this year than Idris.
Sorry Sylvester Stallone, I love the fact that you are on there, but let’s be serious here. You have nothing on Idris Elba as Commandant.
The way he portrays Commandant is soooo intriguing. You can really see why a person like him would be able to reach the children around him that they would be honored to die for him. A sympathetic person who just happens to rely on an army of children because he doesn’t have other resources available to him. He is a father to the children on the one hand and a general asking for their loyalty on the other.
There is a scene before a battle that showcases how he motivates this child soldiers. Holy fuck! So powerful!
Beasts Of No Nations is an absolute sleeper hit that is being ignored by the Hollywood machine because it’s a Netflix product. Don’t let it fool you. It absolutely rivals the best movies this year. It is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga who also directed Season 1 of True Detective. This guy has a big movie career ahead of him and Beasts Of No Nation was the first step to get him there.