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The Last King of Scotland

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Drama/History Rated R. In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promise a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. Director Kevin MacDonald deserves alot of credit here as he has made an exciting thriller set around a peace of history when a madman had control over his people. You get to see the reign of terror he put upon his people but the story is mainly about the relationship between Nicholas Garrigan, the Scottish doctor and his time with General Idi Amin Dada and the danger it gets him into. Forest Whitaker takes his role and runs with bigger it the role of an already great list of roles he has plated it. James McAvoy's role as the young doctor is more subtle but at the same time he a major part of the film's success, he really takes full advantage of the character. The supporting cast was just as impressive and it was great to see Gillian Anderson back on the big screen and she did a great job in her role as a fellow doctor. This was one movie I looked forward to seeing and was not disappointed as it delivers on all fronts. I cannot recommend this film enough for so many reasons, Forest Whitaker has always been one of my favorite actors and I was excited for him as he won the Oscar. This is a must-own super charged thriller with a stellar cast, own it today. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****