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Beasts Of No Nation (Film)

What is it?

The 2015 Netflix war drama movie Beasts Of No Nation by Cary Fukunaga that was based on the book Beasts Of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

In West Africa, the life of young Agu (Abraham Attah) is disrupted when his father is slaughtered in a civil war and he is inscripted as a child soldier into a mercenary unit led by the sadistic Commandant (Idris Elba).

What do I like about it and what might other people like about it?

I like the realism, the cinematography, the acting, the topic, the environment and the atmosphere, most of the directing, and I think that other people will probably like that as well.

Final Thoughts

This was one of the best movies that I saw back in 2015 or 2016, the early parts of the movie felt more like a documentary at times because things seemed pretty realistic, it was interesting and strange seeing Idris Elba play a character like the Commandant, and the child actors and actresses did a great job in this movie and their performances were even better than most of the adults in my opinion especially Abraham Attah who deserves an award and has the standout performance as the character Agu.

There are some amazing standout scenes in this movie like the realistic attack during the early parts of the movie that reminded me of one of the ending scenes of the movie Children Of Men, the take the bridge scene that can give you goosebumps, a disturbing raid on a house, a beautifully shot battle scene with trenches and mud and amazing colors, and one scene at a rehabilitation school were some inspiring / haunting words were said.

Sadly most people have probably never heard of this movie and will probably never see it because it was probably just distributed digitally by Netflix and probably did not get shown at movie theaters so places like my library do not have it, and it was not advertised or talked about much and probably had a low-budget (but they did an amazing job with it).

This movie was like how I expect movies to be, but at a certain part during about the middle or later of the movie the movie loses momentum and somewhat loses its way and is not as good as the rest of the movie and made the movie start to drag a bit at times.

If this movie could be edited from that point until the end then this would become a 5 out of 5 movie instead of a 4 or 4.5 out of 5 movie.

The end,

-John Jr

2 replies on “Beasts Of No Nation (Film)”

I watched this movie too, maybe 6 months ago. I was curious to see what your review would be. At first I liked it, but then about halfway through I stopped watching it. It was getting a little too intense and brutal for me. I read a synopsis of it after deciding to stop watching it and realized it was only going to get worse. So I’m glad I decided to not finish it. I also agree with you that it started out strong in the beginning and started losing something later on.
Thanks for your review

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Hello Moment,

I am glad that you watched half of the movie at least, though it may be worth finishing it one day even if the rest is not as good overall. 😉

Grace Randolph probably had the same or a similar reaction as you did to this movie.

Thanks, I am glad that I finally got this post out there too, I started it maybe even last year and never finished it along with a variety of other draft posts. 😀

Also it is cool that we agree on how the movie had a strong start but started losing that at about the middle to the end, there was a certain scene that I remember marking the point when the movie started losing its way a bit, and I think that scene possibly involved the Commandant.

Thank you for commenting,
-John Jr

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