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  • The story concerns a young Scottish doctor named Nicholas Garrigan (played by a very likeable and talented James McAvoy) who travels to Uganda shortly after graduation to escape his overbearing father and boring life in Scotland
  • Actress Jillian Anderson is in the movie as well, and I love her work, but found her very under-utilized- she only had a very small part, even though she got high billing
  • It was definitely Oscar worthy and, in my opinion, was better than The Departed, which actually did win the Oscar that year


    • by Opalina143
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      The Last King of Scotland, directed by Kevin McDonald, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture in 2007. This classic movie concerns the life of dictator Idi Amin and his reign of terror in the African country of Uganda. The story concerns a young Scottish doctor named Nicholas Garrigan (played by a very likeable and talented James McAvoy) who travels to Uganda shortly after graduation to escape his overbearing father and boring life in Scotland. He goes to Uganda to treat the poor, but soon finds himself serving at the personal physician to Amin. Idi Amin is played by Forest Whitaker in an Oscar

      winning role.

      Nicholas Garrigan soon finds himself in over his head. He is asked to advice Amin on foreign policy and spy for him. Garrigan becomes more and more entrenched in his position as advisor to Amin. It soon becomes clear that Amin is paranoid and unstable, suspecting even members of his closest inner circle of being traitors. His crackdowns on potential political enemies become ever more violent as Garragan realizes that the dictator is commanding and performing terrible atrocities in the countryside and cities of the nation. Garrigan wants nothing more than to go home, but it’s too late- Amin will not let him leave. Throw ...


      • in the subplot of a relationship with one of Amin’s wives and the actions of a British spy who tries to plot an assassination, and you have the main stories of the movie.

        Both McAvoy and Whitaker are incredible to watch. They never break character and play very well off of each other. All the actors, even those in minor roles, do an excellent job. Actress Jillian Anderson is in the movie as well, and I love her work, but found her very under-utilized- she only had a very small part, even though she got high billing. I would have liked to see her more.

        Overall, the movie was very

        suspenseful and compelling. You felt like you were right there, trapped with Nicholas and wanting to flee the county. I liked how Amin was so likeable in the beginning, then slowly he is revealed as the monster he is. The relationship between the two men was complicated- to Amin, Nicholas was like his own son. Nicholas, however, goes from looking up to Amin to fearing him when he realizes what Amin is capable of and how unstable he is.

        The movie held my interest from start to finish. It was definitely Oscar worthy and, in my opinion, was better than The Departed, which actually did win the Oscar that year




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