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As the evil Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives an unforgettable performance in The Last King of Scotland. Powerfully illustrating the terrible truth that absolute power corrupts absolutely, this fictionalized chronicle of Amin's rise and fall is based on the acclaimed novel by Giles Foden, in which Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to serve as Amin's personal physician. His outsider's perspective causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power, but as the story progresses--and as Whitaker's award-worthy performance grows increasingly monstrous--The Last King of Scotland turns into a pointed examination of how independent Uganda (a British colony until 1962) became a breeding ground for Amin's genocidal tyranny. As Whitaker plays him, Amin is both seductive and horribly destructive--sometimes in the same breath--and McAvoy effectively conveys the tragic cost of his character's naiveté, which grows increasingly prone to exploitation. As directed by Kevin Macdonald (who made the riveting semi-documentary Into the Void), this potent cautionary tale my prompt some viewers to check out Barbet Schroeder's equally revealing documentary General Idi Amin Dada, an essential source for much of this film's authentic detail. --Jeff Shannon
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In this film he sells the character completely and makes him very accessible.
This is truly an outstanding movie and Forest Whitaker clearly deserves the acclaim he is receiving from his oscar worthy performance of Idi Amin.
Forest Whitaker does a wonderful job of playing General Idi Amin Dada, a man who rises to power in Uganda becoming the dictator of the country.
An amazingly good movie. Some of the scenes are difficult to watch but worth it. Forest Whitaker is brilliant. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Maritza Vega
I've been wanting to see this film for a long time and finally got to see Forrest Whittaker really give us a realistic Idi Amin. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Virginia H. Waite
The 3 stars are for Forest Whitaker's outstanding performance. I think I would have liked this better if the movie was a little more fact based. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda