The long-awaited film from Cary Fukunaga has finally arrived. Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, centers on the brutal life of a child soldier in Africa. Although highly anticipated, the film is somewhat mired in controversy, due to its release via Netflix. As reported by Variety, “The country’s four largest exhibitors–AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike–separately told Variety that they do not plan to show the drama about child soldiers in Africa because they do not want to provide screens to films that do not honor what is typically a 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release.”.
However, this should not prohibit it from making a possibly epic awards run. Beasts of No Nation makes it debut at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, and hits Netflix October 16, 2015.
After his parents are killed, a young African boy is forced to become a child soldier in a rebel army led by a brutal commandant (Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), in this adaptation of the acclaimed book by Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala.