Beasts of No Nation

2015

Action / Drama / War

41
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 94%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 55544

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Idris Elba as Commandant
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 10 / 10

It was the worst of times. It was the worst of times.

Agu (Abraham Attah) is a young lad growing up in impoverished western Africa. He lives a somewhat idyllic life under the circumstances. The film builds his family life in the background involving a war zone between the army and rebels. Through a series of circumstances, the army kills his kinsmen and Agu manages to escape and reluctantly joins forces with the rebels and vows revenge.

Agu has some first person narrative. He struggles with cultic aspects of the rebel army and battalion leader. He discovers they have no respect for life, but he has no alternative and curses the sun for shining on him. He realizes with death all around him, he has been robbed of his childhood, perhaps with thoughts and language well beyond his years.

This is not a story of hope or despair. It is a drama about life, a life that doesn't have a Hollywood ending or twist.

Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. English subtitles in places. I would recommend watching the film with the subtitles as the English is difficult to understand at times.

Reviewed by gamexpert-74700 3 / 10

That was just awful

I just finished watching the film and that was probably one of the most basic and mediocre story line plots I've ever seen in a film. You can literally sum up the whole 2 hour film in 20 seconds: Agu's Family are killed by the government troops, the rebels take Agu in, Agu feels uncomfortable with being a part of the rebels, Agu feels like he is part of rebels, Agu soon realizes killing people is wrong, Agu is rescued and put into a care home. The End.

Everyone just pretends that they really enjoyed this film because it is based on true events and is "meaningful". That film wasn't meaningful one bit, it didn't show the truth of what child soldiers. And why does everyone praise Idris Elba so much for his performance? There's a ton of people out there who can put on an African accent, pick up a gun and look intimidating. Really people Idris Elba's performance is nothing to get crazy about.

And let's not forget the fact that this film was a box office failure making only $90,000. Seriously, how can a film receiving this much praise make less than $100,000? Even some of the worst reviewed films out there such as The Emoji Movie have made more money than Beasts Of No Nation.

Beasts Of No Nation will never be any better than any other film based on civil war in Africa such as Blood Diamond and Hotel Rwanda with well thoughtout out plots.

Reviewed by maxfeldman 8 / 10

8.5

Good piece of storytelling, good cinematography, good character development, overall solid movie. One of my gripes about this movie involved Abu not finding his mother at the end, although the end contains something of equal importance, Abu's ability to be free despite living a traumatic life.

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