The Last King of Scotland
In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan’s brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin’s savagery — and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.
First, the positive: this film is based on a true story about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and it shows his snake-like qualities very vividly as he switches easily from being charming to a ruthless killer. The film gives the viewer an idea of what the Ugandan people underwent under his regime. Forest Whitaker plays the almost child-like dictator in a riveting and powerful way. He is a chilling presence.
Yet this film contains some of the strongest violence and language I have seen and heard in some time. It was bad enough they use the name Jesus in a vain way, but they had to stick an F bomb between the name “Jesus” and the name “Christ,” not once, but twice. The violence is very graphic in spots. When Amin’s wife goes to an abortion clinic to have an abortion, since the child is not his, she is found out and the dictator has her killed and cut up in a grossly bloody way. A scene of her corpse is shown which leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, as the viewer sees her opened up and cut up very gratuitously. We do not recommend this film for viewing and we cannot come close to placing our Dove Seal on it.