Beasts of No Nation (2015)

beastDirector: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writer: Cary Joji Fukunaga (Screenplay) Uzodinma Iweala (Novel)

Starring: Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Francis Weddey,

 

Plot: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Heartbreakingly Hard to Watch

 

Story: Beasts of No Nation starts Agu (Attah) showing just how the children of the African nation not having time for education due to a civil war in the country, the children just have to find thing to do with them to trying to sell an imagination television.

The innocent world of Agu and his family gets shattered when the war moves closer to them, his father stays behind to fit for hi village, his mother and baby brother get to safety while Agu and his Big Brother (Weddey) stay together as they become the refugees they once helped. When the army catches up to Agu and the rest of the refugees he is left alone searching for anything to help him survive.

Agu nightmare is about to turn worse when he comes face to face with Commandant (Elba) and his child soldier army, where he gets forced into joining his army. In this army Agu must doing things no child should ever as we learn just how easy it is to make a child soldier.

Beasts of No Nation is one of the hardest films to watch this year, the subject involved is hard to accept but a reality in these civil war ridden countries. Watching how Agu went from innocent child to soldier with no heart is difficult to witness but we do get to see how child soldiers are easier to manipulate into complete the tasks required of them. We do get to see how both sides run things during the war time problems. This will be hard to watch but it is telling an important story.

 

Actor Review

 

Idris Elba: Commandant is the leader of the rebel child army who recruits Agu to join his army that will believe anything he wants them to believe. He comes off like a father and wise man but he has a very dark side which no one wants to get on. Idris gives us a brilliant performance in this role which strikes fear in every word he says.

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Abraham Attah: Agu is our everyday young boy who ends up getting caught in the middle of the civil war where he sees his brother killed, his father fight and his mother escape. He ends up being recruited into the child army where he must follow instruction or die. Abraham comes from nowhere to give one of the best child actor performance of all time.

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Francis Weddey: Big Brother that we never learn his name, but he is Agu’ big brother who helps him through the first movement before giving his life early on to save him from the army. Francis gives us a good performance where he is a perfect big brother in the tragic story.

 

Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye: Strika is the child that traps Agu and faced becomes his only friend in the army, he is deeply involved in what happens and is broken more than any other of the child soldiers. Emmanuel gives us a good performance in the supporting role as the important part of Agu’s life.

 

Support Cast: Beasts of No Nation has a brilliant supporting cast that did actually include former child soldiers.

 

Director Review: Cary Joji FukunagaCary gives us one of the best films this year showing he is a director to watch out for, for years to come.

 

Drama: Beasts of No Nation shows the transformation in Agu as the story unfolds as we see the rise of the child soldier along with the struggles he must face getting there.

War: Beasts of No Nation shows the reality of the civil war in these countries where the children become the enemies.

Settings: Beasts of No Nation uses the settings to create a true wartime setting to show us how realistic the moments are to the characters.
Suggestion
: Beasts of No Nation is a film that should be watched by all at least once. (Must Watch)

 

Best Part: Acting performances are incredible.

Worst Part: Hard to watch

Oh My God Moment: Agu’s first kill.

 

Believability: It is based on the reality that happened.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: This could easily get nominations.

Budget: $6 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 17 Minutes

Tagline: Child. Captive. Killer.

Trivia: Idris Elba played soccer with the young actors and gifted them iPods

 

Overall: Brilliant hard hitting story.

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New Release – Christmas With the Coopers

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UK Release Date: 1st December 2015

 

Stars: Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei

Genres: Comedy

 

Plot: When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Anticipation Rating 2/10

 

Guess Rating 5/10

 

2015 Watched List Part 31

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

So without further ramblings here we go with 311 – 320:

  1. Pet Sematary 2 logo This lacklustre sequel to the well created original ends up going well off track and being quite bad.
  2. Woman in Gold gold This look into the true story about one lady who took on a country for a sentimental piece of art is just brilliant.
  3. Terminator Genisys terminator The latest in the Terminator franchise and one I enjoyed more than others didn’t.
  4. Beyond logo A romantic based film following a couple who meet while a comet is heading towards earth only to discover it is an alien invasion.
  5. The Crow lgo This iconic film that is famous because of the tragic accident that lead to the death of the star Brendon Lee.
  6. The Crow 2 logo A sequel that almost feels like a remake because it is pretty much the same story again.
  7. The Crow 3 logo Taking things in a different direction this time The Crow follows the victim getting revenge on the cops who framed him.
  8. Soldiers of the Damned – This horror works because it keeps you guessing with everything making sense by the end.
  9. Blood Punch logo A thriller that keeps going around and around with the time loop idea working really well.
  10. The Crow 4 Wicked Player logo The weak final attempt to bring us a Crow film that really goes no where near where it should.

The Best – Woman in Goldgold

The Worst – This could be so many of this group, but Beyondlogo