BEASTS OF NO NATION (Telluride Film Festival Telluride Colorado USA 2015)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Beasts of No Nation—
an unrated film—should have been ‘R’-rated for sexual scenes and references, nudity, and shocking brutality. The film realistically portrays what happens to a West African boy when he appears to have no viable life choices within a war-torn countryside.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Agu (Abraham Attah), a West African boy, has a good life with his father (Kobina Amissah-Sam), his mother (Ama K. Abebrese), his older athletic brother (Francis Weddey), and his younger sister (Vera Nyarkoah Antwi). When their West African government fails, he finds himself in the middle of government forces fighting rebel forces. Agu’s father can only pay for his wife and his daughter to evacuate their war-torn village. Agu, his father, and his brother are left behind to face the ensuing conflict. Agu, the sole survivor of the males in his family, flees into the jungle only to be recruited by rebel forces headed by a rebel commandant (Idris Elba). Agu becomes an integral part of the rebel child/adult army.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Thank you to Executive Producers Nnamdi Asomugha, Bill Benenson, Laura Bickford, Fiona Drukenmiller, Donna Gigliotti, Mark Holder, Kristina Kendall, Elizabeth Koch, Tommee May, Peter Pastorelli, Elika Portnoy, and Todd Courtney for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Grandfather (Emmary Brown),  Dike (Emmanuel Affadzi), Village Constable (Ricky Adelayitor),  Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant (Andrew Adote), Pastor (Fred Nii Amugi), Angry Bush Taxi Driver (John Arthur), Old Witch Woman (Grace Nortey), BBC Host (Nataliah Andoh), BBC Correspondent (Matthew Mpoke Bigg), and Young Girl (Nana Mensah).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. This film is not for the faint of heart and not for children by a long shot. The film shows the gross side of life in complete detail through the eyes of a child. The film does not hold anything back in its realistic portrayal of the angst of war-torn Africa.

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