Beasts of No Nation Review

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 10.33.29 PM Fukunaga’s descent into the heart of darkness is a haunting, visceral experience that emotes the same feelings I got whilst watching Apocalypse Now. Compelling and brilliantly directed/shot by Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is a harrowing film that will reintroduce this severe problem back into the public consciousness via Netflix. Fukunaga’s choice to cast mostly unknowns is something that makes this film work perfectly, making the more characters more real and their actions more crushing, led by an impressive performance  from Abraham Attah and a chilling one from Elba, this film perfectly encapsulates the chaos of the war as well as the craziness of the African environment and how it manipulates these child soldiers. Honestly, I’ve never seen The Wire, so I didn’t understand the love of Elba, but after watching this film, I do, he’s truly magnetic and sinks into his character, an emotionally compelling character that we might hear about come Oscar time with regard to supporting characters. Haunting yet hopeful, Beasts of No Nation is Fukunaga’s best film to date, a 93 out of 100.

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