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Doctor gets tangled in Amin's regime in Uganda in the 70s. True story of inhumanity and the lure of wealth and fame even in different cultures
One of the best biographical movies of all time. Both Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy gave amazing and powerful perfomances. It is definitely one of the best movies I've seen in years.
Rotten? Forest won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Idi Amin. Great Acting.
It's not the best biographical film I've seen. But for what it is. Its fair. Forest Whitaker does a splendid job as Idi Amin. That is the highlight performance. The other performances are fine but nobody else really stands out. To be honest I'm not a fan of James McAvoy. But for what this film is, it seems somewhat historically accurate as far as I can tell. I would give it a thumbs up. But if you miss this one. You're not missing much.
Amin: "They take you to a tree and hang you by your skin. Each time you scream the evil comes out of you. Sometimes, it can take three days for your evil to be spent. Pull him up."
The Last King of Scotland is a chilling drama that has your heart pounding up until the very end. James McAvoy is charming and phenomenal in this role and when paired with Forest Whitaker it makes for a gripping movie. The perfectly-paced progression of this movie, the romance subplot, and wonderful performances make for a great use of two hours!
Typically movies like take such an artsy style that makes me roll my eyes. But not this film. James McAvoy and Forest Whitaker took this movie serious. They did a great job a bringing this true life story to the big screen.
great film & spine chilling perfomance by forest whitaker. this film took me aback into those days where ugadan dictator idi amin terror rule was awake. my rating 4.5/5
Despite the title(which to be fair has a meaning that relates to the ongoing of this film) this is about the infamous Ugandan ruler Idi Amin- who has, I must add, has been portrayed stupendously by Forrest Whitaker(who won an Oscar for this). The Last King of Scotland explores the turmoil and troubles surrounding the beginning of one of the country's darkest recent periods: the Idi Amin regime, which lasted from 1971 through 1979 and resulted in thousands upon thousands of deaths. (The exact number is unknown, but is estimated to be between 80,000 and 500,000.) Based on actual events, the movie takes us into Amin's inner circle through the eyes of an outsider who is initially charmed by the charismatic leader until Amin's true nature begins to bubble to the surface. The Last King of Scotland does not refrain from showing the brutality of what Amin's reign becomes. The film contains its share of gruesome images, including a torture scene that depicts in unflinching detail what happens to someone who betrays Amin.
This film was great.
While it's not 100% historically accurate, it doesn't stop this film from being a shocking and bold thriller, showing us hope descending into greed and corruption. There are some very uneasy moments, and the film builds up a very good amount of suspense. The cinematography is raw is gives us a good feel of 1970s Uganda, without forgetting James McAvoy, who would later be epic in Split (2017), who is very good as a naif doctor, and David Oyelowo also gives a good supporting performance too, but it's really Forest Whitaker who really takes the show with an obvious Oscar winning act. Overall, this is a shocking, and yet very true depiction of one of history's monsters. Recommended !!