THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Gillian
Anderson and James McAvoy
Runtime: 121 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Executive Producer: Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
and Tessa Ross
Producer: Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood
and Charles Steel
Writer: Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock
Address Comments To:Stephen Gilula, President
Fox Searchlight Pictures
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A Division of Fox, Inc.
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In a unique twist of fate, young Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) is persuaded to leave a Ugandan medical mission to become the physician of self-appointed Ugandan President Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Although Nicholas is initially flattered by President Amin’s request, he soon realizes that the dictator is a cruel madman, eager to murder anyone who questions his policies. As Amin’s reign of terror rages, Nicholas makes a few crucial personal mistakes that could make his own life another casualty of Amin’s heavy hand. Nicholas soon discovers that he will not be permitted to leave Amin’s regime alive. As he plots his escape, he is faced with slim chances of survival.
The despicable actions of its main characters make this a tough movie to watch. Although Nicholas comes to Uganda with intentions of helping people with his medical expertise, he spends much of his free time drinking and chasing women, some of whom are married. He continues these exploits as an advisor to President Amin, who inexplicably transforms his personal physician into his “most trusted advisor.” Even more difficult to stomach is President Amin, who is cruel and merciless, quick to dispose of anyone he suspects may disagree with him.
On the other hand, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND is a well-made picture. Forest Whitaker is consistently impressive. Seamlessly shifting his character from a charismatic and likable friend to an egocentric, paranoid monster, Whitaker adequately exposes the audience to the emotional rollercoaster faced by Dr. Garrigan. The movie is an exhausting experience that will leave the viewer feeling as drained and depressed as its bloodied protagonist by the time the credits role onscreen.
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND is a well-crafted and superbly acted movie. It contains, however, a strong pagan worldview and an abundance of offensive material, including graphic violence, strong sexual content and extensive nudity. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® warns that this movie will be an unpleasant experience for most viewers.
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND is a well-crafted and superbly acted movie. Playing President Amin, Forest Whitaker is consistently impressive, seamlessly shifting his character from a charismatic and likable friend to an egocentric, paranoid monster. The movie is an exhausting experience, however, that will leave the viewer feeling as drained and depressed as its bloodied protagonist by the time the credits role. The movie has a strong pagan worldview and an abundance of offensive material, including graphic violence, strong sexual content and excessive nudity. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® warns that this movie will be an unpleasant experience for most viewers.