Harsh Times

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You should watch Timbuktu very soon after watching Beasts of No Nation to cleanse yourself of this [bad] movie and really appreciate the genre. Idris Elba is the film’s high point and that’s saying something because he’s just doing a mediocre imitation of Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland. The ultra-graphic and explicit nature of the violence in Beasts of No Nation actually works against the film, as the tension drastically dissolves in the second act, resulting in a dreary, monotonous tone, particularly since we’ve seen these themes, of the novice militant’s rude awakening and disillusionment, handled with so much more artfulness and subtlety in other movies.

By Edward “Red Panda” Melamed

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