The Last King of Scotland

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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 a… More >>

The Last King of Scotland

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5 Comments
  1. Movies like this make me want to never watch movies again. A disgusting look inside the worst of people. The director speaks to base, gruesome sensibilities. He must think his viewers are stupid.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. First of all, this is about Adi’s doctor, not Adi. Secondly, it was one of the most boring films of the year. It would have won my oscar as the most boring but that award went to Letters from Iwo Jima. I got up twice to go to the bathroom during this film and didn’t even hurry back. I couldn’t wait for it to end. It grossly minimizes Adi’s human rights records as well as the raid on Intebi. Excuse my spelling.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. I have not received the DVD. wHERE IS IT?
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. I don’t object to the story or the author who wrote the creative novel upon which the film is based or the actors who are generally superb.

    What I object to strongly is the direction and/or cinematography that decided to shoot the entire movie in painful to watch closeups. The technique ramps up the intensity of an already intense movie–too much. I was exhausted by the end of the movie and while it was playing I couldn’t wait for it to end; I had had enough. If the strategy was to intensify the movie, what happened is that it ruined it. Closeup after painful closeup, relentless with no respite. I actually wanted to hang the director up by his skin like what was done to the young doctor in the film, I hated the cinematography that much. I reminds me of a painful process of brainwashing, remember the “Ipcress File,” or the “Manchurian Candidate,” but in “The Last King of Scotland” you, the audience is the one being tortureously brainwashed, being forced to watch intense images with no let up. If I was alone,I was watching it with a friend and didn’t want to upset her, I would have walked out of this movie long ago. Watching a movie like this is not good for you, its too overpowering. If it were up to me I’d outlaw a technique like this because its unfair to make people go through such a painful experience.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Such a character as Amin Dada is hateful, and absolutely repulsive. To make a film about him is even worse than the character himself because we cannot dismiss the story at the end of the film and have to realize it is a true story that can happen again any time. Some westerners will come along and install some bloody tyrant in the place of a leader the said westerners will not like. Then they will always manage to get rid of this tyrant after, in this case, six hundred thousand dead. It is always easy for the west to sacrifice a few hundred thousand people in some supposedly backward and underdeveloped country. But the film is disgusting because a young and small Scottish doctor who is running away from his oppressive father gets baited by the monstrous grotesque and disgusting tyrant in some kind of perverse father transfer. This young kid is silly, unconscious, absurd, idiotic, criminal, absolutely spaced out to the point of making love to the President’s wife and what’s more getting her pregnant. She will end up dismembered and a few other Elizabethan niceties in front of her own children and he will nearly die hanging from butcher’s hooks in the chest and bled like a pig if a Ugandan doctor did not save him and help him escape though he will die, and he knew it, five minutes later with a bullet in his head. We can always content ourselves with the idea the tyrant was a tyrant. But how can we satisfy our doubts with the idea that a western doctor could be the willing accomplice for a while at least and then the cowardly accomplice in spite of all his education and oaths. He does not even have the courage of killing himself to maybe remain clean in his own eyes.

    Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine & University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne

    Rating: 5 / 5

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