I just want to be happy in this life!

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Beasts of no nation follows the journey of a young boy, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in West Africa. While Agu (Abraham Attah) is initially shown as a young entrepreneurial spirit trying desperately to sell “imaginary TVs” to soldiers protecting his community, his fledgling childhood takes an unpredictable turn, when is father and brother are murdered in broad daylight and he narrowly escapes. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga explores not only the brutal and convoluted intricacies of a child soldier’s career, but primitive desire and religion, both common denominators in every human being’s formative years, showing how they still existed in these times of war.

Agu experiences betrayal when his father and brother are killed, demonstrates resourcefulness to survive the vicious nature of the jungle and even the initiation to demonstrate unconditional loyalty and commitment to his regiment. The film not only captures the unstable life of a child soldier but also demonstrates the lethal combination of charm and abhorrent moral compass, which leads to Commandant (Idris Elba) following the rules of his seniors obsequiously, before his own insatiable ambitions leads to his eventual demise.

Beautifully shot on location in the jungles of Ghana, this Netflix original film is a must watch. See the trailer below:

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