Movie #17 Beasts of No Nation

A young boy is swept up by a charismatic warlord after having to flee his home town.


If I had to describe this movie in one word it would be powerful. Fantastic in every aspect this movie grips you with its horrifying portrayal of violence. It follows a young boy by the name of Agu after he is essentially taken captive by a warlord only addressed by his rank of commandant. Throughout his journey we get to see his transformation firsthand, and how easy it is to take a young child and turn them into a killer.

Every actor in this movie is incredible but most notable of all is the young actor, Abraham Attah, who plays the main character Agu. More often than not when a child actor plays a prominent role in a film they at best are decent at acting. The depth of emotion and character displayed by such a young actor leaves you breathless. I don’t know if he plans to make a career of this but if so I would certainly keep my eye on him. Not to be outperformed Idris Elba also gives a stunning performance as the “commandant”, perfectly portraying the sinister yet charismatic leader of the soldiers. At times he managed to be charismatic enough during his speeches to sway me to his side before quickly realizing who exactly I am siding with.

Along with the acting both the cinematography and soundtrack kept you emotionally on the edge of your seat. The two worked in tandem so well that at multiple times throughout the movie I remember thinking “Wow”.

This movie is the best movie I have seen in quite a long time, and certainly the best I have seen so far this year. I can’t help but give it a 10/10

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