23. Beasts of No Nation (movie)
Premiere date: Oct. 16, 2015
What Beasts of No Nation is about: The Netflix original movie follows Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy in West Africa who is forced to become a child soldier by a cruel Commandant and war criminal (Idris Elba) after Agu’s father is killed in the war.
Why you need to watch this: For being Netflix’s first original film, Beasts of No Nation doesn’t get nearly enough of the credit it very well deserves! Critics and audiences couldn’t praise the movie enough, and it has a 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes to prove it. So why didn’t a larger audience watch?
One has to take into consideration that Netflix was just beginning to take a step towards becoming the streaming titan that it is today. With Beasts of No Nation being its first original film, it’s possible not many subscribers were aware or, to be blunt, interested in watching. More audiences tuned in after stellar reviews surfaced, but it has yet to be enjoyed by the majority.
We have to admit, this isn’t an easy movie to watch, so there’s also that. The story and journey are emotional, intensified by the brilliant performances by Attah and Elba. The powerful movie is difficult to watch, but so necessary for audiences to see as it has been described as a harrowing and raw depiction of child soldiers forced to fight in endless and pointless wars. Beasts of No Nation raises awareness of child soldiers, which are still recruited to this day.
The small flaws the movie has are overlooked by the moving story of Agu thanks to Cary Joji Fukunaga’s screenplay and direction. And while many believe the movie didn’t need to be as violent and graphic as it is, others argue that there was no other way to portray the realness of such a heartbreaking and ongoing issue in many parts of the world.