The Last King Of Scotland,a Great Movie

One of the best movies Iíve ever seen dealing with dictatorship is the 2006 British drama film Last King of Scotland,which is inspired by the tyrannical regime of Idi Amin,who was the military dictator and president of Uganda between 1971 and 1979.It is estimated that during his reign the number of people killed is between 100,000 and 500,000;no matter what the number is,it certainly places Idi Amin in top position among the worst dictators of the 20th century. The main characters of the film are Idi Amin,whose role
is majestically played by Forest Whitaker,and Dr. Nicholas Garrigan,played by James McAvoy.The young doctor,who has just finished his studies in Scotland,isnít very content with the perspective of a monotonous life at home,so he leaves for Uganda to work in a missionary clinic and live a more adventurous life.While the young doctor is in Uganda,a coup díetat takes place and General Idi Amin takes over the power in the country.Then,one day the two meet when Amin suffers a minor car accident and Dr.Garrigan treats him.Aminís apparent open personality fascinates the young man and a close friendship establishes between them,and finally Amin asks Garrigan to become his personal physician and help modernize the health system in his country From now on,life will change for the
young doctor,whom Amin considers more than just a physician,but also a personal confident,and the events in which Garrigan is involved,which I will let you discover by watching the movie,will gradually change his opinion on the apparently cheerful and spiritual president.As he finds out more and more about the unseen and ugly face of Aminís regime,which includes abuses of all kinds,political and ethnical repression,corruption,and whatís the most terrible thing,killing of all those who try to oppose the regime and of innocent people too,Garrigan realizes that manís worst nightmares can be real,and this is the case of the unfortunate people of Uganda.He even feels what it is like to be tortured on his own skin,and everything he lives in that African country will deeply affect him and forever change his attitude towards the world. ĎThe Last King of ScotlandĎ is a truly impressive movie,that opens peopleís eyes and makes them realize how terrible it is to live under dictatorship and oppression.It is an absolute must for those who want to see and discuss upon a really great movie. For more movie reviews,please read these columns from one of my fellow EC writers,Abhijit Bangal:

Article Written By Sebastian Onciu

Romanian by birth and global citizen at heart, with a great thirst of knowledge and a desire to communicate with people from all corners of the world.

Last updated on 02-06-2016 1K 0

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