The Last King of Scotland
: 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.
Forest Whitaker is absolutely amazing in this film. That's really all that can be said. After seeing this film I'm 100% sure of Whitaker's right to take home that Oscar for best male performance. He's simply magnificent here - so convincing and full of depth and character, he put every ounce of him into this role. James McAvoy is also brilliant as Garrigan. Don't miss this film - truly remarkable. 4.2
(out of 5) stars.