Netflix are known for producing quality TV shows which premiere in full on the online streaming service (the list includes shows like Daredevil, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Narcos), and they’ve now made the leap into releasing their own movies. The first is Beasts of No Nation, a powerful film written/directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective).

Starring Idris Elba (Luther, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Beasts of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.

A teaser was released some time ago, but Netflix has now released the first full trailer.

It looks both visually stunning and somewhat haunting, and is a big test for Netflix. However, based on what we see here, it won’t be in the least bit surprising to see Beasts of No Nation (which is also getting a limited run in cinemas) to get some serious awards attention.

The movie reaches Netflix next month, and you can read our review by clicking right here.

Beasts of No Nation