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Beasts of No Na­tion Net­flix Stream­ing be­he­moth Net­flix has fired a shot across the bows of movie stu­dios and cine­mas with the re­lease of Beasts of No Na­tion, al­ready be­ing spo­ken of as on Os­car con­tender. (The film was tac­ti­cally re­leased on a lim­ited num­ber of screens in the US to be el­i­gi­ble.) This fea­ture film be­gins with a cheeky young boy named Agu, played by new­comer Abra­ham At­tah. He is from a “good fam­ily” in an un­named African coun­try. But as civil war ap­proaches his vil­lage, he barely es­capes the ex­e­cu­tion­ers who kill his fa­ther and brother. En­ter the com­man­dant, played by Idris Elba (pic­tured), best known from TV’s Luther and re­cent films such as Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom. The com­man­dant res­cues Agu but drafts him into his bat­tal­ion, com­pris­ing mostly young boys. Agu is ini­ti­ated into this bru­tal world through killing, though rape and drugs are not far be­hind. Not wholly se­duced by the ca­ma­raderie, Agu be­gins to see the im­pos­si­bil­ity of re­sum­ing his child­hood and the in­evitabil­ity of his own death. We iden­tify with him — what re­al­is­tic choices does he have in this hor­rific sce­nario? Writ­ten and di­rected by Cary Fuku­naga ( True De­tec­tive), who is also cred­ited with the cin­e­matog­ra­phy and cre­at­ing the very ef­fec­tive sound­scape, this film is very en­gag­ing, if pre­dictable, and a hope­ful por­tent of qual­ity film­mak­ing we can ex­pect in the brave new world of stream­ing.

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