The teaser trailer for Netflix’s first original film, Beasts of No Nation, is here, and it’s heart-stopping. Based on an acclaimed 2005 novel of the same name by author Uzodinma Iweala, the Cary Fukunaga-directed drama (you may know him from True Detective) is a tense look into the life of child soldiers in West Africa. The clip may be short on time but it’s long on suspense—in its most tense moments, the young Agu (played by newcomer Abraham Attah) holds a machete aloft, deciding whether or not to kill the man who may have slaughtered his own family. He is egged on by a hard-hearted leader played by Idris Elba.
Beasts of No Nation is just one in a lineup of Netflix original films that will be part of the service’s foray into video-on-demand (meaning the movies will be available for streaming the same day it they are released in theaters). It premiers on Netflix worldwide and in select Landmark theaters on October 16. Check out the trailer below.