Writer/Cinematographer/Director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nations is the tale of Agu (Abraham Attah), a young African boy in an unnamed country, who escapes after his father and brother are slaughtered by nationalist troops, only to be captured and made a soldier by rebel warriors.
Agu undergoes a harrowing experience as he is forced to kill by his ruthless Commandant (Idris Elba) and live off the land with the other child soldiers.
This is a chilling film that should cause any reasonable person to shudder. Although there are problems with the script and voice recording, its saving graces are the performances of Attah, Elba and Emnanuel Nii Adom Quaye, who plays Agu’s silent friend Strika, and Fukunaga’s Cinematography that is able to find beauty amidst this horror.
I give Beasts of No Nations a 4 out of 5.