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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.
James McAvoy was great, as usual, and Whitaker blew Amin out of the water!Published 25 days ago by j e creek
McAvoy did a fair job in his role, but the character was a jerk who almost got what he deserved when he played with fire in the "royal court". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Linda B. Greer
This film was originally released in 2006 and released to DVD in April 2007. The DVD is released by Fox Searchlight and rated R. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karl E. Weaver