ByMichael Blanchard, writer at Creators.co
Southern filmmaker, without the funny accent.
Michael Blanchard

TEN ESSENTIAL FACTORS EVERY FILM SHOULD HAVE IN ORDER TO BE A FILM, EACH WITH A SHORT SUMMARY:

STORY

A boy growing up in West Africa is forced into the care of a rebel militia group and its leader who turns him into a killer in the midst of a civil war.

CHARACTERS

Striking and potent people. Emphasis on 'people' because Fukunaga emphasizes it himself in the film. They transcend basic characters you'll see in any other movie.

PERFORMANCES

It's easy to say how fantastic Idris Elba is in this film, and the same goes for the rest of the cast. But the standout (for me) was Abraham Attah playing the main child, Agu. He doesn't have much to say throughout the film, but his eyes and lack of facial expressions give you everything you need to know about him and what he's been through.

DIRECTION

Fukunaga is a master filmmaker and utilizes the camera in ways that up the ante in terms of narrative using brilliant visuals.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Fukunaga both shot and directed this film, which is rare. And he pulls it off very well. There are countless frames here that could be framed and hung on a wall.

EMOTION

Some could call it depressing, but I think that's the wrong word. A better word would be intentional.

STRUCTURE

Basic, but not in a bad way. Just simple and effective.

PACING

There are some down moments where it looses its momentum, but it doesn't harm the film in a significant way. It's not perfect and that's the worst thing I could say about it.

INTENTION

Fukunaga tackles a subject with a relentless and honest attitude that results in a relentless and honest film.

EXECUTION

All over fantastic and one of the best produced films of the year. And it came from an internet streaming service. The future is now...

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