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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 16 October 2015 (USA)
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A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Director:

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writers:

Cary Joji Fukunaga (written for the screen by) (as Cary Fukunaga), Uzodinma Iweala (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abraham Attah ... Agu
Emmanuel Affadzi Emmanuel Affadzi ... Dike
Ricky Adelayitor Ricky Adelayitor ... Village Constable
Andrew Adote Andrew Adote ... Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant
Vera Nyarkoah Antwi Vera Nyarkoah Antwi ... Little Sister
Ama K. Abebrese ... Mother
Kobina Amissah-Sam ... Father
Francis Weddey Francis Weddey ... Big Brother
Fred Nii Amugi ... Pastor
John Arthur ... Angry Bush Taxi Driver
Grace Nortey Grace Nortey ... Old Witch Woman
Emmary Brown Emmary Brown ... Grandfather
Nataliah Andoh Nataliah Andoh ... BBC Host
Matthew Mpoke Bigg Matthew Mpoke Bigg ... BBC Correspondent
Nana Mensah Nana Mensah ... Young Girl
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Storyline

Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier. Written by Bennie Carden

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Taglines:

Child. Captive. Killer.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Akan

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bestie bez vlasti See more »

Filming Locations:

Ghana

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,003, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,861, 23 October 2015
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Agu: It is starting like this.
[watching other children playing]
Agu: Let's keep looking. They aren't good enough.
Dike: Hey, let's take that girl.
Agu: Which one?
Dike: That girl. Zoey. Let's take her.
Agu: Ah... No. What about that one?
Dike: Him?
Agu: Yes.
[...]
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Owusuwaa
Written and Arranged by Koo Nimo (Daniel Amponsah)
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Raw and Real
16 October 2015 | by bradencnSee all my reviews

I was sceptical of watching this film at first. It looked like a low budget, and amateur attempt for Netflix to get bigger in their original film business. I went to IMDb to see what people had to say, noticed it got decent reviews and decided to give it a shot. Let me say, this is one of the best films I have ever seen within this genre.

Without spoiling anything, I will say that this is about the general civil warfare that exists in Africa, something most western, shelterd Americans have never even fathomed and have only learned about through movies. The film doesn't specify what part of Africa it is, but you know it is something that is real.

Netflix doesn't hide anything about the realities of what happens to families, children, fathers, and brothers, as well as the numbness the war leaders (on both sides, really) have toward excessive and brutal violence. Imagine: the film shows all of this through the eyes of a boy, probably only 12 years old. He is forced into a mercenary squad after his family is torn apart, and he experiences something that is even darker than hell itself.

That young boy, played by Abraham Attah, puts on a performance I have never seen before in a child actor. Given the mature content of the film, it is quite unbelievable that the torn emotions any child would have, given this situation, is so clearly displayed and authentic. Every scene just tore at my soul; I wondered if it was really acting. And he wasn't the only one; women, children, and the "extras" in the film: are these people really doing their first major film? Each scene left me speechless.

The emotional involvement I had with this film as a viewer is astonishing. I felt ashamed at myself for thinking my life had problems, for thinking my life was hard. I felt foolish realizing my immaturity in life, and felt embarrassed for us as America in general, for caring so much about things so materialistic and shallow, when people in Africa (and other parts of the world, no doubt), are fighting for their lives every day, being torn apart by corrupt leaders and greed.

To compare this film, it is similar to The City of God and Blood Diamond, but in an of itself, it is certainly unique. It's a masterpiece.


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