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Running Time:
2 hours, 3 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Forest Whitaker as the megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin gives one of the year's top performances as the madman whose bluster is often more amusing than terrifying, in this compelling, challenging, and edgy film.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: 7 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Kevin MacDonald; Exclusive documenatry: Capturing Idi Amin; Forest Whitaker Idi Amin featurette; Fox Move Channel presents casting session - The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland
Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy "Wimbledon"), is a spoiled Scotsman who when he finishes medical school decides to escape from his familyís wealth and find a place to practice as far from home as he can. Spinning a globe, he rejects Canada, but his second spin takes him to Uganda. and by coincidence, he gets there the very day in 1970 that Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker "The Crying Game") overthrows the Communist leader and takes control of the country. Garrigan's first response to the turmoil around him is to have a quick fling with a black Ugandan woman who shares his seat on the bus. In another ill-advised moment, Garrigan accepts Amin's offer to become his personal physician, and he soon finds himself in the middle of the horrors Amin unleashes upon his people.

The early scenes as Garrigan arrives in Uganda are loaded with color, dancing, fast-moving events and music. Then the color grows ever more somber as events become more ominous. Eventually, the film turns into a thriller as Garrigan attempts to escape when Amin's henchmen begin murdering Amin's often-imagined enemies, mostly black people, including Garrigan's friends and lover.

This is the first fictional film from documentary director Kevin Macdonald ("Touching the Void"), who extracts all the colors from a densely-packed screenplay, and makes excellent use of his authentic locations in Uganda. The screenplay was written by two of Englandís top film writers, Peter Morgan ("The Queen") and Jeremy Brock (the upcoming "Driving Lessons"). Although "The Last King of Scotland" is not completely plausible, the characters are richly developed and the story is illuminating even when it's not being totally factual. As storytelling, it could use some fine tuning, but it never loses sight of the blunt and brutal realities about power and corruption.

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