If you are incapable of watching blood and gore, I would not recommend this film to you. Personally, I felt disgusted at a lot of what was on screen. As a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, I have seen a lot of blood and gore in film, but this just felt too real. Tarantino's films are fictional and unrealistic a lot of the time, but this film is based on things that have really happened in certain countries. This is one of those films that I applaud, but also feel awkward about saying that I enjoyed it. Fukunaga definitely gets the point across that the world is still full of problems which are hard to solve.
Of course, the true brilliance of this film comes out through the acting of Abraham Attah and Idris Elba. As an innocent and lost boy, Agu (Attah's character) turns to Commandant (Elba's character) to act as a paternal figure. Attah's emotional acting displays the transformation that the confused boy goes through in becoming a sort of leader in Commandant's army. This is a kid that has a very bright acting career ahead of him. I found myself drifting further away from Agu as he becomes a harsher and less moral soldier throughout the film. Yet, I also found that I was able to connect to Commandant through Elba's performance. Elba brings the audience into the mind of a warlord as he starts to create a bond with Agu and his young army through his use of speech.
The Bottom Line: Fukunaga brings the audience into the life of a boy who has lost everything and transforms into a mature leader through the influence of a hard-spoken, but fatherly warlord.