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The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies

The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies

Charming. Magnetic. Murderous.Jan. 12, 2006123 Min.
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Watch: The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies, Full Movie Online – Having graduated recently from the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan, flies to Uganda to work at a missionary clinic run by Dr David Merrit and his wife, Sarah. Before long, Garrigan has a chance encounter with the new President, General Idi Amin, who, right from the start, feels an immediate sympathy for him. As one thing leads to another, after a while, Idi Amin invites Nicholas to become his physician and modernise Uganda’s health care system: a once-in-a-lifetime offer that the doctor cannot refuse. However, more and more, Garrigan finds himself trapped in the moral abyss of Idi Amin’s murderous megalomania, putting his very soul at risk. When Nicholas finally summons up the courage to rise above the madness, he becomes embroiled in a desperate fight for survival..
Plot: Young Scottish doctor, Nicholas Garrigan decides it’s time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education, so he decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of President Obote. General Idi Amin comes to power and asks Garrigan to become his personal doctor.
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According to Wikiquote, a “British official” once said that Idi Amin needed “things explained in words of one letter.” It is one of The Last King of Scotland’s few flaws that it assumes we need things seen through the eyes of a white Westerner.

Sure, James McAvoy has some very good scenes with Forest Whitaker, the best of which is arguably the first (though in retrospect it doesn’t quite hold up to scrutiny), which ends with Amin and Dr. Nicholas Garrigan exchanging shirts (so that Amin can give Garrigan’s to his non-existent son Campbell, brother to the epileptic, and most likely also imaginary, Mackenzie) as if they’d just been in opposing sides of a soccer match.

Other scenes are much less fortunate, especially the one wherein the good doctor assists the dictator in the forced release of a massive flatulence. Good or bad, though, it matters little because none of this happened, and Dr. Garrigan never existed – not that he’s the least bit believable, either; starting with how he decides to go to Uganda (literally spinning a globe, closing his eyes, and pointing), Nicholas invariably behaves more like a character in a movie than an actual human being.

He can grab Amin’s sidearm without being instantly gunned down by the sundry nearby soldiers; he can drive, through streets he presumably is unfamiliar with, Amin to safety after the latter has been ambushed; he’s fresh off medical school but has the poise of an expert physician; and he’s so irresistible that one of Amin’s wives is willing to risk life and limb (or rather limbs, as it turns out) to have sexual congress with him (and even if the character were real, we still wouldn’t be interested in his sex life).

Wikipedia tells me “the film mixes fiction with real events to give an impression of Amin and Uganda under his rule.” Well, we certainly get an indelible impression of Amin thanks to Whitaker’s haunting performance; on the other hand, wouldn’t we get a clearer impression of Uganda under his rule if the film stuck to the facts?

What’s the point of shooting on location if we only get a perfunctory idea of the effect the dictatorship had on the country and its people? Even the captions before the closing credits are too little too late, especially considering they aren’t much more accurate than anything that has gone on before. Instead, everything is filtered through Garrigan, who cares mostly about saving his own skin and isn’t really all that concerned with the fate of the Ugandan nation.

It’s a shame because director Kevin Macdonald’s influences are impeccable; Amin’s “Nothing comes from nothing” echoes Lear’s “Nothing can come of nothing,” and the way he dismisses Garrigan at one point is reminiscent of Rolf Hoppe chewing out Klaus Maria Brandauer in Mephisto. Perhaps Macdonald should have leaned completely towards the fictional approach and made a film à clef (Zangaro, The Dogs of War’s faux African dictatorship, would have been a good template).

Review By: JPRetana

I am the father of Africa.

Based on Giles Foden’s novel of the same name, this filmic version of a period of Idi Amin’s presidency of Uganda is a class act – that is if you can accept it as a loose reworking of events in Amin’s life? Thus those who filed in for a bona fide history lesson subsequently either got angry or plain disappointed.

Propelled by Forest Whitaker’s barnstorming Oscar winning perf as Amin, Last King of Scotland is riveting and fascinating from first reel to last. The political upheaval at this time in Uganda’s history is presented in delicate strokes of dark depressing realisations, and also that of uneasy humour.

The portrayal of Amin is most complex, part man child, part greenhorn political suitor and one heartbeat away from despotic lunacy, with Whitaker nailing every single tick. It’s key to note that the film does shed some light on Amin, so as a character study it soars and holds you enthral throughout.

Director Kevin Macdonald films in kinetic style, which is perfect for the material to hand, and he also deserves a pat on the back for ensuring the characters around Amin (circle of family/advisors etc) are a constant intrigue as per Amin’s agenda machinations. James McAvoy gives sterling support as the key “fish out of water” doctor who Amin takes to his bosom, while Kerry Washington as Amin’s wife number 3 also strikes the right emotive notes.

The finale falters somewhat, where it encompasses the Entebbe Hostage Crisis but fails to do that incident justice – instead using it as a cypher to have us rooting for McAvoy’s made up character to get out of harm’s way. But this is just a misstep that’s not film defining. For this is a fine film, if it’s not jolting you with harrowing scenes, or tickling your brain for education purpose, then it’s demanding your attention for historical noting. Job done. 8.5/10

Review By: John Chard
Gripping and disturbing
I watched this film because i had heard so much about it and it lived up to they hype. The film is totally gripping and Forrest Wittaker is superb as the dictator. I didn’t stop watching the film for one second throughout you simply couldn’t. Both Whittaker’s and the Scottish doctor are very charming characters particularly Whittaker’s in the beginning.

Its rare to see such a fantastic film as this which moves at a nice pace pealing away the layer of the dictators true persona and having such a great cast and great acting as well.

Its a pity Gillian Andersons character didn’t get more time on screen as shes such a great actress and of course beautiful.

A superb film 9/10

Review By: gerrymcd
You’re My Closest Adviser
Greetings again from the darkness. A true tour de force by Forest Whitaker … the best performance of the year so far! Somehow Mr. Whitaker captures the madness and charm of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Amin was one of the first political rock stars. He used the media to his advantage as his regime slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his countrymen.

Also impressive is James McAvoy (“Chronicles of Narnia”) who plays the dramatized Nicholas Garrigan, a young doctor who sets out on an adventure to make a difference in a small country and ends up counseling one of the most powerful madmen in history. Scottish documentarian Kevin Macdonald directs the film with only a few lapses in directness, which serve this biopic very well. Watching Amin and the young doctor immerse themselves in the shower of power is both frightening and sickening. Macdonald captures this spirit very well thanks mostly to his willingness to let his two leads do their thing.

As Amin laughs and tells Garrigan that “You are my closest adviser”, I couldn’t help but compare to Kathy Bates telling James Caan (in “Misery”) that “I’m your number one fan”. The evil and insanity is simply chilling. Whitaker is just amazing as he flips the switch from media darling to cold blooded, ruthless murderer … and then back again. Just a terrific performance and well worth the price of admission – maybe a couple of times! Good for a laugh is the most unique version of Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” that you have ever heard … guaranteed! See this one for a bit of history and the site of a real monster, but also for one of the best film performances ever.

Review By: ferguson-6

Other Information:

Original Title The Last King of Scotland
Release Date 2006-01-12
Release Year 2006

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min), 2 hr 1 min (121 min) (Toronto International) (Canada)
Budget 6000000
Revenue 48618191
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Biography, Drama, History
Director Kevin Macdonald
Writer Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock, Giles Foden
Actors James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson
Country United Kingdom, Germany
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 49 wins & 32 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Aaton A-Minima, Arricam LT, Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Framestore CFC (digital intermediate)
Film Length 3,360 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak), 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 16 (source format), Super 35 (source format) (some scenes)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (partial blow-up) (Kodak Vision 2383)

The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
The Last King of Scotland 2006 123movies
Original title The Last King of Scotland
TMDb Rating 7.437 1,759 votes

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