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Saturday, 19 March 2016

BEASTS OF NO NATION [2015]

True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga brings Uzodinma Iweala's African child-solider novel, Beasts of No Nation to the life on the screen.
Young Agu (brilliantly portrayed by newcomer Abraham Attah) is forced into a squadron of West African child soldiers fighting for a violent rebel militia.
Beautifully photographed ugliness and eye-candy landscapes become a secondary character to the deeply upsetting but captivating story of rebuilding one's soul and psyche.  Many films like this would want to focus on the brutality of the war but this film wisely keeps it grounded as a very human story that is more interested in thoughts and experience.  It's a world where even a seemingly happy ending is lost in indelible hopelessness.

4 Imagination TV's out of 5

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