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655 Ratings

Beasts of No Nation

Directed by Cary Fukunaga
United States, 2015
Drama, War


A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

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Beasts of No Nation Directed by Cary Fukunaga

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Male Lead

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Feature

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

National Board of Review

2015 | 2 wins including: Freedom of Expression Award

In one particular sequence, the camera snakes its way – at length and without any cuts – through a raided building, tracking Agu, high and traumatised, as he first tries to embrace a terrified woman whom he has mistaken for his mother, and then, after seeing his comrades begin to rape her, shoots her dead himself, before surveying the murder and mayhem taking place in the town below. The sheer technical bravura of this single take embeds and implicates us in the action with Agu.
October 30, 2015
Fukunaga's heart does not appear to be in the urban landscapes: It is in the wilds. In widescreen he captures its sensuality, multiple textures, and vibrant colors. It is gorgeous and seductive, the occasional close-up of an insect or a leaf, or shot of a moody sky, amplifying the breathtaking, nearly hallucinatory effect. Enhancing these rich images in a film in which visuals and music carry the story much more than dialogue is Dan Romer's eclectic score.
October 09, 2015
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Convincing in its portrayal of random slaughter and the drive it puts behind its narrative, Beasts suffers only slightly from being a latecomer to the child-soldier issue, already well explored in Johnny Mad Dog (2008) and War Witch (2012).
October 02, 2015

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