In the opening sequence we see this West African Village, little boys played soccer and running around. Agu narration describes how their country is at war. The kids try to enjoy what they have. They create this imagination TV, which is just the frame of the TV with no screen. The boys act things out through the frame like kung fu, dancing, a soap opera, and 3D vision.
When the NRC comes in, the women and children must leave and the men stay to protect their town. Agu gets left behind because there is no room for him in the car. Agu’s father tells him he is with the men now.
Agu’s father is shot and as Agu and his brother run away the brother is shot as well. Agu runs to a bush when the rebels of NDF take him in.
Agu goes through a sort of initiation to become a part of the NDF. The things the do to this young boy were horrible to watch. Commandant makes Agu kill a man. Commandant informs Agu that this is the man that killed his father. Agu narrates that this is the worst sin, but it is the right sin to be doing.
Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika. They are young soldiers fighting in this war. Together they witness the misery of war including starvation, killings and even rape. There was a terrible scene where the men each took a women for sex but the boys were told to sit and wait while this happened.
After months of fighting, they leave their Commandant. The UN captures them but send the children soldiers away to a rehab of such. Agu wakes up in a new village with many other young boys. Agu can’t sleep at night knowing the feeling of dead bodies and the smell of blood. He is back in school and knows that he has saw terrible things and he did terrible things.
In the end, Agu now has to go back living his life as a boy after becoming a man at such a young age. He also has to live with the fact he many never see his mother and sister again.
The film was written and directed by Cary Fukunaga. I’m not going to lie; this movie was hard to watch. It was a sad and horrible story of a young boy fighting in the war. I’m glad I did watch it though, because it really opens your eyes to different parts of the world and real-life things that are happening. Fukunaga was able to capture some amazing footage that really gave the viewer and sense of the West African’s village reality. Fukungaga leaves the audience with such a powerful message and I think this is a film that everybody should really take the time to watch.