Netflix redefined binge-watching when it permiered House of Cards and Orange is the New Black a couple of years ago. The online streaming service's foray into original content creation received overwhelming critical, viewer, and awards successes. Moreover, Netflix has paved the way for other online servcices to follow suit.
But now Netflix is upping its game again. Today it premiered its first ever original movie, Beasts of No Nation. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and starring Idris Elba (Luther), Beasts of No Nation tells the story of an orphan in an unnamed African country in the midst of a civil war who is forced to join a group of guerilla soldiers headed by a fierce war lord (Elba).
The movie garnered a massive amount of critical acclaim when it screened at Venice International Film Festival and Toronto Internation Film Festival earlier this year. In addition to being available on Netflix, it has also rolled out in 31theaters. That's a pretty radical move in the movie distribution world.
This could be a bold new direction movies will be heading in. One thing we know for sure...we'll be watching.