Beasts of No Nation is the first of Netflix planned original films. Based off the same titled book from Uzodinma Iweala, which tells the story of a young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) who lost his parents to the violent civil war in his West African nation. Soon, Agu finds himself in the hands of commandant (Idris Elba) who turns child soldiers into killers.
An adaptation of this story fell into the perfect hands of Emmy winning director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective-S1), who writes and directs this. The trailer is disturbing and violent. The opening shot of the trailer is a young boy in war attire carrying a rifle, smoking a cigarette while going into a trench. From there, the trailer focuses on the Agu character being forced into this transition from boyhood to warfare. Elba plays a commander of mercenary fighters and child soldiers. He’s terrifying, giving boys no choice but to fight as he reminds them that he saved their life.
I been looking forward to this film since Netflix’s announcement last year. I’m a fan of everyone involved and I’m excited to see young Abraham Attah perform opposite Idris Elba.
The film releases on Netflix on October 16th, and will get a limited release in theaters. Because major theater chains like AMC, Cinemark, and Regal have boycotted the film, your best chance at watching this film is through Netflix.