(The Telegraph) – It wasn’t the 14-year-old’s capacity to kill which most depressed the Lieutenant-General. Not was it the harrowing scenes of senseless violence, with children used by warlords as weapons of war, killing their kin to order. What most saddened him was that he had seen it all before. “It was the classic scenario of a failing nation – an imploding state,” he said, talking about the Idris Elba-led film Beasts of No Nation, which is released on Friday. “But it just felt a bit simplistic.” And Lt Gen Romeo Dallaire knows more than most about child soldiers. And real life collapsing states.