In four days, Cary Fukunaga’s blistering war movie Beasts Of No Nation will hit Netflix and theaters simultaneously, marking an unprecedented move by the streaming service that could change the very foundation of Hollywood. (That sounds hyperbolic, but trust us, it isn’t.) And if the movie’s rapturous reviews haven’t gotten you excited, check out the final, harrowing trailer, which oscillates between images of hope and despair, horror and beauty.
Fukunaga, who directed all eight episodes of True Detective’s first season, shot Beasts in Ghana, but the war-torn West African country depicted in the movie is fictional. Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts follows a young boy named Agu who joins an army as a child soldier after his family is torn apart by civil war. Meanwhile, Idris Elba looms large over the trailer as a commander who is as charismatic as he is dangerous.
Where will you watch Beats of No Nation when it drops on October 16?