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Beasts of No Nation
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Beasts of No Nation

2015
Drama, War
2h 17m
A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. (imdb)
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30th
60
Just never grabbed me. It's competently made, looks great, has solid performances and is an important subject. It just stumbles with its pacing. A disappointment for sure, but will definitely hit many people quite powerfully.
Rated
92nd
90
I sometimes imagine a world where Disney's child actors were not privileged twats from from affluent neighborhoods in the whitewashed Midwest, but orphans from war-torn African nations who have witnessed their parents executed, learned to kill a man with a machete, and been sodomized by a rebel general...all before turning 10. The entire nation would be enraptured by Hanna Uganda, though, knowing what good ol' Walt does to kids, the stars would eventually end up on stage twerking with Madonna.
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65th
7
Watch it for Idris Elba and Abraham Attahs' compelling performances. There are some very dark moments mixed in with some very well utilized shots. Lasting impact is lacking however as I'm more aware of these horrors, just not really sure what the filmmakers wanted to say about it all.
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76th
83
Whatever, we've all been to summer camp.
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78th
86
It's like Come and See if it were co-directed by Alfonso Cuaron and David Gordon Green. Spectacular visuals. Real, gruesome gun battles in the forest. Idris Elba is pure power in this. Like some fatherly version of Jim Jones and Che Guevara. Heartwrenching and harrowing, but also, at times, melodramatic. The score is sub par in parts and it negatively affects the pacing, among other things. Also, gives "Kids with Guns" by Gorillaz a whole new context.
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