This movie is a harsh reminder of the terrible wrongs that were perpetuated in Uganda by the "Black Hitler". Worth watching but not a pleasant movie
Good acting, great movie and well worth viewing
Excellent portrayal of an African dictators rise with James McAvoys character making it even more interesting. Brilliant acting. Thought provoking on so many levels.
Normally James Mcavoy annoys the hell out of me, but he was quite good in this (slightly still annoying!), but Forest Whitaker is the real reason to watch this drama-thriller. Utterly compelling, always engrossing. I almost loved it.
Curious movie that gradually changes genres. It starts out as a bouncy witty lad's adventure, dabbles in romance and buddy movies, becomes claustrophobic and violent, and ends up as a thriller with the young Scottish doctor trying to flee for his life. Add in a great performance from Forest Whitaker and you have a film that gives a lot. Whitaker expertly portrays Idi Amin's oscillation between overgrown child and psychopathic murderer. The backdrop of 1970's Uganda adds uncertainty, instability, and danger to the action. Gets quite gruesome in the end.
A really great movie. Well acted, written and directed.
Excellent movie, well acted.
It looked great, but unfortunately, it wouldnt play past the 8 minute mark! Oh well..I guess I will try another DVD and see if I can finish what is considered an excellent movie.
This was brilliant, quite a surprise but a must see!
an interesting viewpoint of the idi amin regime......I liked the not too famous actor bit. I am sure there was a lot more to it than what is portrayed, but well done- kept me watching......
Great film although a little unbelievable in parts. Still it had good acting and a nice story to follow. Not light entertainment.
I rather enjoyed this Movie, a bit violent though
A very powerful story of an important piece of history. The movie itself can get a bit slow at times but it was overall enjoyable, a bit upsetting though.
Mostly good, but a few very violent scenes
good movie, made me know more about Africa.
Although wonderful movie I was not prepared for the gruesome scenes.
Somethings are best left to the imagination.
Although the central character of the Scottish doctor is fictional, he is set against a backdrop of actual events in Uganda during the Idi Amin era. Forrest Whittaker's performance is extraordinary and he undoubtedly deserved his Oscar for this role. The tension builds slowly but inexorably towards a very dramatic conclusion as the doctor becomes aware of the evil and menace of his 'friend' and employer. Definitely worth watching..
Great insight into Uganda. Highlights violent reign of Idi Amin. Great story
Powerful drama which is not to be missed - left me with a huge ball of emotion in my chest.
Fantastic movie, but realllly full on!
This is not a nice movie but the performances were compelling. Forrest Whittaker is almost too real. I woud not like to watch it too often but am pleased I got to at least once.
We enjoyed this movie a lot with the exception that the background music tended to make the voices hard to hear - but we just instead read the subtitles which was a bit of a pain - but the movie was still well worth watching
It was a lot different to what I expected but a great film
the last king of scotland was a brilliant film so well done.
great movie. forrest whitaker is excellent. But definately woth watching again.
This movie really is way too short for its purpose. You only get glimpses of the plot and character development and at times its hard to know what your supposed to be concentrating on. Its entertaining, I suppose, but you have to really sit down and reflect to realise that this movie is an attempt at characterising a villian. You would actually get a better sense of that from watching the news than this movie.
Loved it! Brilliant performances by James Mc Avoy (doesn't hurt that he's easy to look at either) and Forrest Whittaker. Captivating story, educational, unbelievable. These are the sort of stories, based on a real period in time that need to be retold so we dont let things like this happen again. I do have to say certain scenes did leave me quite disturbed though. Highly recommended
Powerful movie and acting.
Beautifully made. Worth spending time and money.
It was a real eye opener. Well done and gives one alot to think about.
James Mcavoy was brilliant in this confronting movie. Great viewing.
Worth seeing. Well made. Need to be in the mood to view a serious "drama" though.
enjoyed this movie, well acted out
brilliant film. very interesting insight on corruption and manipulation of african government
Although not familiar with the book I enjoyed this film and thought the acting was good. It gave the viewer an insight into the torrid times of the Idi Amin reign in Uganda. There are a couple of confronting scenes in the latter half of the movie.
Not a bad movie, I liked the story. James McAvoy annoyed me, I normally like him but not in this movie.
Terrific performance from Forest Whitakker but was
generally disappointed with the movie. Given the
shocking reality of the history of this time and the
severe mental imbalance of Idi Amin, I felt this
movie should have had a darker, more ominous
feel to it. For anyone watching who doesn't know
the history, this movie will not impact the horror of
the atrocities committed.
Wow... just wow. This movie floored me - it is intense, and worth every minute of watching. James McAvoy gives an incredible performance, as usual. Watch it!
Great movie! Did not have any expectations going into it and was pleasantly surprised. Very well acted.
One of the best films i have seen this year.
Forest Whitaker is brilliant as Idi Amin and thoroughly deserved his Oscar for his performance. Really well filmed and even though a fictional account, the movie shows the beauty of Uganda while encapturing the brutality of the monster that is Idi Amin.
Forest Whitaker is brilliant as Idi Amin and thoroughly deserved his Oscar for his performance. Really well filmed and even though a fictional account, the movie shows the beauty of Uganda while encapturing the brutality of the monster that is Idi Amin.
Wow Forest Whittaker did an amazing job playing the role of Idi Amin. Frighteningly real.
Just could not get into this movie. Still havent seen the whole movie!!!
I have always been a fan of Forest Whittaker, he did not dissapoint in this role. He as always is a brilliant actor. It was a very interesting look into past events, quite shocking at times the story line but I did enjoy it.
An interesting angle on a horrible murderer. Not for the faint-hearted but a pretty good film adoption of Giles Foden's novel.
Forest Whitaker delivers an amazing performance detailing the rise of brutal dictator Idi Amin. A testament to the saying that all evil needs to flourish is for good people to do nothing.
this movie makes the world seem like we are still just a bunch of raving, blood thirsty and aggressive cavemen. However saying that it was a fantastic movie and a real eye opener as to how naieve we all really are. The plot was so close to the truth is was frightening and the gore was incrediable.
Vicious and factual, beware but well worth the watch and learn factor. we all have friends like this in life that we need to move away from.
Very moving and scary...Forrest is amazing in this role, really believable.
Very enjoyable and entertaining film. Forest Whittaker was magnificent.
Surely Idi Amin - a charismatic despot who forced his African people into a bagpipes band and to wear kilts, a guy who wiped out 300 000 of his own people - is interesting enough to make a film about without having to invent a fictional white guy (who to top it off is so annoying and ingratiating) to revolve the story around. I think it is not only ridiculous but irresponsible. Most people don't know about Ugandan history and to have the first film made about Idi Amin featuring such an influential but ficitonal white guy in it, is a warping of history. The filmmaker (who is a documentarian!!!) should be ashamed. The only saving grace is a brilliant performance by Forrest Whittaker.
A well done, powerful, and frightening story.
This was a fantastic movie.Very gripping,Whittaker was excellent as the scary Amin.Bit brutal at the end but well worth a watch ,one of the best movies Ive seen in a long time.
This movie was really engaging and the leading actors were outstanding. Very interesting.
Possibly one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Forrest Whittaker was amazing and you can see why he got an oscar for this performance. Would highly recommend watching this film.
nothing changed in africa - look at Zimbabve now
I have been to Uganda so was interested to see how this movie unwound. A great movie that portrays Idi Amin perfectly. It shows the brutal nature of Africa and I thoroughly loved it!
I was put off this film initially due to the fact that I really couldn't picture Forest Whitaker in the lead role. To his credit he really does come of very well. The story is engaging however did only touch upon a few of the story arcs too briefly (which I guess is one of the issues of novel to film translations at times).
Overall, well worth a look
Dominant performance by Forest Whitaker - a fine actor who does his best to deal with a patchy at best story. Forest and the fact the movie is "loosely" based on a true story make it interesting but not compelling viewing. Special features are interesting.
Excellent though disturbing. Forest Whitaker is just fantastic and so believable as the psychotic and dangerous Amin. Incredible portrayal of the very slippery slope when lines of morality become blurred and finally destroyed. Highly recommended
Loved it, omg I never knew how atrocious this man was and the attrocities he put on others. They go on about Hitler in history this man was up there with him.
Great acting and a powerful movie. Didn't really have that much sympathy for the Scottsh doctor though!
Confronting. This movie had me captivated and, as usual, Whittaker was astounding. A little disappointed with Garrigan although the overall essence of what was endured was there.
A must see!
Good movie, keeps you interested.
Wow, makes you stop and think. Not for everyone but well worth watching if you are familiar with world events of the time.
I couldn't sleep after watching it! A well made movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very good acting and an eye opening story.
Interesting film, well acted by James McEvoy and Forrest Whitaker (many of the support cast also do well). Would have liked to see more of Gillian Anderson, but that's just me.
Don't know how much Whitaker diverged from the real Idi Amin, but you certainly believe he is the dictator. Worth a watch.
Not bad, starts off well but falls off a bit at the end which was a bit disappointing, would recommend watching it , but i just wonder if it could been so much better.
Couldn't wait to see this movie as have followed Forrest Whittaker for many years and having won an Oscar for his performance maybe built up my expectations too high - disappointed.
very powerful performances from Forrest Whittaker + naive 'doctor' Very real depiction of how things were in Uganda
What an intriguing storyline. I believe this to be just a story and not based on any truth but it does it so well. A young Scotsman determined not to lead the colourless life of his Doctor father makes for Uganda to work among the masses. A chance meeting with Idi Amin, the infamous real life dictator of the 70's has him ensconsed as the madman's personal physician and it all moves downhill from there. Very well done, well acted and Idi's charming, mad, scarey persona is well captured.
I didn't even make it all the way through. Not sure what the criteria is to win a best actor Academy Award or how long you have to be in the film. Forgettable performance by Forrest Whittake
Good movie, very powerful
This movie was amazing, but two scenes in it, were that horrific, that I haven't recovered since.
I found this movie a little slow at times, but overall it was a good movie. The tension built up effectively by the end and Forest Whittaker's performance was outstanding. I would reccommend it.
Very fast paced action movie. Tenuous relationship to the Idi Amin events it lays claim to, but a good watch.
Great, great music by a bevy of Ugandan superstars.
Pretty good storyline. Just that the cruel bits are a bit unnerving. If you didn't know the history, you can't really tell if Amin is a great leader or a real wicked one - he had to be one of the thow else there'd be no story.
Forrest Whittaker, very convincing. James McAvoy, very tasty. Worth a watch!
Good - but not edgy. Got a bit bored.
I had forgotten just how bad/mad/charming Edi Amin was. The acting is superb, the tension is gripping & the blending of fact & fiction is so believable that unless you actually knew the history, you wouldnt pick it
Awesome film! Forest Whitaker was outstanding.
Naive young doctor goes to Uganda and bites of more than he can chew. Like Hostel it depicts a naive 'backpacker' who foolishly goes looking for adventure and sex in dangerous and remote regions where they fall victim to madmen and sadists. Unlike Hostel the horror under Idi Amin was real. Well worth watching.
This was fabulous! We were on the edge of our seats the whole time and loved it.
Excellent performance, worth watching for an insight into the world of corruption and terror
Great watch - highly recommend this one.
It's hard to say who shines the brightest in this film, Forrest Whitaker as Amin or James McAvoy as his slowly corrupted personal physician. The story is as much about the madness of tyrants as it is about the interfering role Europeans have tended to play in African politics since they entered the continent. The Ugandan scenery and people shine in spite of the war going on around them, and viewers are left shell-shocked at the rise and rise of one of the world's worst but most persuasive dictators.
A fascinating portrayal of the terrifying despot Idi Amin. Fantastic acting by Forrest Whittaker and James McAvoy.
What an eye opener. A brilliant insight into Amin's psychopathic regime and well worth watching if you can handle the violence.
Excellent, very disturbing movie..Forrest Whittaker was superb.
Superb performances by Forest Whitaker and James Mcavoy. Watching movies like this always remind me of how lucky I am to live in Australia.
Fascinating Movie. Great drama. Some violence. Surreal.
Intense and graphic but a good watch!!!
A very thought provoking movie which gives a valuable insight into the mind of Idi Ahmin,needles to say the mind of a mad man.
A great story line and shows how easy it would be to be caught up in a situation like the main character in the movie.
excellent movie, and trajic
Disturbing movie about the evil in us and what one will do to hold on to power. Well acted by Forest Whitaker.
this was a very slow movie, but it turned out ok!
A bit violent for my tastes - but I guess that is some people's reality. A gripping movie that captures the rise in egomania and paranoia of a state leader realistically from a westerner's view. Very touching, very scary at the same time as we see this played out too often in Africa as it is today. The reality is a bit too shocking. Great performances all round.
Great movie and a marvelous insight into Idi Amin and his country at the time.
Terrific movie. Fact and fiction beautifully meshed with a pervasiveness of evil ever present but not graphically shown. A fine cast act beautifully, but Forest Whitaker towers above all in a stunning performance as Amin. Great stuff.
Very interesting movie, although some scenes are quite graphic. Forest Whittaker is really compelling.
Human behaviour is very disturbing in this one.
This movie shows what a crazy and violent person Edi Amin was.
Forest Whittaker is the saving grace of this bio-pic a weak plot and plodding script lower this movies overall rating, acting is brilliant by Whittaker miles in front of co stars, forest's laid back performance hides the evil nature of Amin well ......worth seeing
Great movie, great acting. Got the emotions going. Violent but realistic.
Fantastic movie. Worth a watch...
A great movie, one that was with me for days.
Very interesting - makes one think!
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It held my interest all the way through and the acting was superb. Definately a 'must see'.
An excellent movie, fantastic acting and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was fairly brutal in parts
Quite a good movie...a little graphic, but that was what happened
Good thought provoking movie. It is well acted and certainly depicts both the "charisma" and cruelty of Idi Amin. Worth watching.
Enjoyed the African locations with the main actor very good in the role.I can recall the hostage incident when the Israel army freed the hostages way back then.The action was good.
This was an extremely moving film and left me with lots of questions
Brilliant portrayal of an evil dictator. How easily the young scottish doctor was taken in by this seemingly charismatic leader; without knowing the full extent of Amin's crimes against his own people.
He went looking for adventure and got a lot more than he bargained for, the ending was completely gripping.
Rivetting film played extremely well by leads McAvoy and Whittaker. I wanted more of Gillian Anderson though!
Excellent movie, great acting hard to get out of your mind.
A story that stays with you when the movie’s over. You know Idi Amin and the horrors of his Uganda are true, but wonder about the young doctor on which the story revolves. Was he real? It’s all so well done you believe so. But maybe he deserved all he got, being naive, seduced and blind to reality.
Very good movie about the Idi Amin regime & just how cruel a tyrant he was.
Except for Forest Whitaker’s exceptional performance as Idi Amin, the jagged screenplay (loosely “based on real events”) is mediocre and relies too much on reckless behaviour. Amin comes across as a charming but paranoid tyrant without any clear political motives for the carnage his thugs inflict on enemies, real or imagined. The story unfolds through James McAvoy who as Dr. Nicholas Garrigan, a young idealistic Scottish Doctor out for adventure, implausibly always seems to be well placed to attend to Amin’s needs. The tension increases dramatically when Garrigan realizes he is a party to his boss’s crimes and that his life is in danger. Complete with pounding drums, there’s a real Hollywood finish if you like a triumphal flourish.
An uneasy blend of fact and fiction, the story revolves around a fictional doctor who befriends Idi Amin during his tenure as doctor in Uganda.
This fictional character is very hard to sympathise with and Amin is shown in a favourable light compared to the atrocities he was responsible for.
In turn slow and violent in parts it is an adequate thriller if you take it with a grain of salt.
Whittaker is amazing once again. Great movie, a must see as an insight in to African history
A brilliant movie with a historical content which we can remember and verify only too well! Excellent adaptation, full of suspense and well acted by Forrest Whittaker and James McAvoi (?) Comes highly recommended by our household which has members between 32 and 71 yrs of age.
Enjoyed this movie, it keep me on the edge of my seat the whole way through and had me thinking about the ending for days.....
Although one of the main characters is purely fictional, it is a very believable and frightening story. That which is factual, would have made it frightening enough, but the inclusion of the young doctor into the mix, makes it far more personal.
As always Forest Whittaker owns the role of Amin, but I have to admit that his 'lazy eye' spooked me a bit. Amin didn't have one, and so this spoilt the portrayal a little for me, but that aside, Whittaker, sucks us in, just as the Doctor was, taking us to a place we really don't want to be. I was amazed to hear in the 'Extras' that some Ugandans still regard Amin as a 'hero', despite him having butchered 300,000 people. There are a couple of notably violent scenes which the squeamish should be aware of, in the second half of the movie. One involving the Doctor and one involving one of Amin's wives, Kay. The first, is of course fictional, but the second, is fact. Truly frightening movie.
An excellent portrayal by Forrest Whittaker of the ruthless dictator, Idi Amin. The movie mixes genuine harsh realities of the Ugandan's leader with a fast paced story that draws you deep into the emotional turmoil felt by all of those surrounding this madman. This is a an experience not to be missed.
A bit slow at first but when you think it's going to be boring, BAM, the action explodes with love, emotions and plenty of action.
A fantastic novel turned into a great movie. A fine example how intervention from a colonial nation to sponsor and support a regime can go horribly wrong. great acting with only one truefull yet disturbing scene.
Some gruesome scenes near the end - quite a rivetting movie
Great acting. Some gory scenes but necessary to the film. Great movie.
Very good acting in an episode in history that I remember very well. What a monster briliantly played by Forrest Whittaker. Not an enjoyable film, but rivetting anyway.
A movie you can watch several times and still truly appreciate. Also giving you some great insight into some African history we might otherwise not know!! Alison S.
Brutal film, very well acted but not really for me. Reminded me of Blood Diamond.
Very interesting, well worth seeing!
Very good film about a difficult subject.Well acted.
Intriguing view and insight into a terrible time in history!
This movie draws on many strong emotions in the human psyche. Well directed and a great script. Some gory bits!
Forrest Whittaker is brilliant as Idi Amin. Captures the slow decline into meglomania and the Doctor is well played; escaping the claws of his family and England thinking that all his wishes have been answered.
A gripping treatment of Idi Amin.
Beautiful images mixed with nail-biting terror! Great watch.
Not to be missed, if only for Forrest Whitaker's portrayal of Idi Amin. Charismatic, powerful and murderous all in the same breath.
Very violent at the end - well acted
one of the best movies i have seen
Great drama. Forrest Whittaker superb in the title role. As exciting as the book.
Not bad. I would have to agree that the character of the young doctor is totally unsympathetic. Not a patch on Hotel Rwanda.
Great moving performance.
An excellent and entertaining film with a good historical setting. Brilliant performance by Whitaker and a great thrill ride of a movie. Well worth watching, exciting, thought provoking, nice look at Uganda and the terrible reign of terror of Idi Amin and good action too.
Not to be missed, purely because of Forrest Whitaker's portrayal of Idi Amin. Charismatic, powerful and murderous all in the same breath.
Excellent acting,must be very close to a true story.
Good movie, good acting but a bit graphic at times
Great movie - Forrest Whittaker's performance is well worth the best actor award. There are some violent scenes towards the end. Film does end without closure as to what happens to the main chararcter, Nicholas, as this is said to be based on a true story.
Powerful drama, great acting, edge of the seat ending. But a lot of the time I could not hear or understand what they were saying because the background noise was so LOUD!
Great performances from the two lead males, gripping story. Some scenes though were nauseating, so be prepared.
you must keep in mind this is a work of fiction . nicholas garrigan is a fictional character. dont get me wroung amin was a mad man in the end. but i was hoping for a real look at the man not this made up story that just keeps the storys made by the british press in the 1970s going.as a work of fiction this is a good film and worth watching
You might be surprised to learn that this is a piece of fiction, told within Amin's story. The point of this escapes me, but Forest Whittaker is very good.
An excellent movie. Very well directed and the actors were superb.A heart rending story.
enjoyed the performance of Forest Whitaker, bloody but not too bloody,
Not having read the novel was relieved to see it wasn't just focussed on the Amin carnage as I remember it.Was dubious to order this movie but it kept us riveted
An amazing movie! very believable portrayal of all characters. An interesting insight into the true character of Idi Amin - a blanced view compared to what we heard at the time of the atrocities. The understated violence (for the most part) made it even more real. On my recommend list.
Great acting from the two leads, particularly James McEvoy. Forrest Whitaker was a deserved Oscar nod for his portrayal of the Ugandan military dictator Idi Amin. Gillian Anderson seemed a bit of an after-thought in this movie and her role didn't really have much to do with the plot on the whole, but great British accent! I didn't really find this movie too violent as suggested by the rating however lookout for the President's wife in the hospital and a very painfully memorable scene in the duty free section of Uganda's capital's airport. Great film, worth a look, fantastic acting
Constantly on the edge of my seat, it was horrific but brilliant.
Very powerful and intriguing look at a well known figure in histroy. The extras on the DVD were very informative.
The acting top class
Very brutal in parts.An interesting portrait of a psychopathic leader and a naieve and adventurous young Scottish doctor .
A moving and emotional story that depicts the charisma, madness and power of Idi Amin and the naivety of a young, idealogical doctor. Fantastic performances throughout. Highly recommended.
"UGANDA OH YEAH!"
Brilliant fictional story of the historical, infamous figure that was Idi Amin. Forrest Whitaker deserved his Best Actor Oscar for this performance.
An unforgettable experience; very well acted; great screen play from a book based on historically significant issues. seemed to be a realistic and balanced portrayal of this Ugandan era. Now want to read the book!
Very powerful perfomance from Forest Whittaker. Good pace and tension throughout.
Very very different to Giles Foden's prize-winning novel, this veers into sheer, hysterical silliness by the end. Although James McAuley is a talented young actor, his portrayal of Nicholas Garrigan, the young Scottish doctor, is both callow and shallow, resulting in very little sympathy - in fact, you start to suspect Amin might have done us all a favour by eating him! Forrest Whittaker I just don't get - he seems to play the same droopy-eye, shambolic man-bear in all his films - where was Ving Rhames? Overall, disappointing.