Beasts of No Nation is about a West African child named Agu who is thrust into a civil war and forced to join a band of military fighters, led by Idris Elba's character, after the death of his father. It is being directed by Cary Fukunaga, the Emmy-winning director of True Detective.
Even before watching the trailer, I knew that it wouldn't be a pleasant watching experience as it deals with children thrust in war. But the look of it is very TV like an HBO or Netflix show. Although that makes sense since Netflix is distributing it and releasing it in theaters the same day it goes up online. Plus, it doesn't look like it has a Lifetime feel like the American remake of Secret In Their Eyes does (that one is a contender I have absolutely no faith in). This one, however, could be a more formidable contender since war movies tend to do pretty well with the Academy and this shows a kind of war story we rarely see. I can imagine a push for Idris Elba since he is the biggest name. But his best bet might be for Best Supporting Actor since the Lead category might once again be too crowded. I do think it'll be an intense watching experience. But it could be good.
Beasts of No Nation will be released on Netflix and in limited theaters on October 16th.
So those are my thoughts on the trailer for Beasts of No Nation. Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section and whether you think it'll be an awards player. Thanks for reading!