This was one of James McAvoy’s breakthrough roles at the start of his career. Forest Whitaker portrays the insane Amin with such perfection I am sorely tempted to seek out more of his work. Whitaker’s Amin is the sort of character who has everyone treading on proverbial egg shells despite his original seemingly affable demeanor and affinity with the people of Uganda.
The tension begins to clench the film and Amin’s persona unravels bit by bit. This movie isn’t for the squeamish so be warned! McAvoy’s Nicholas Garrigan feels so ‘fleshed out’ as a character. Of course, he was flawed but seeing him enfolded in Amin’s regime was enthralling. (And who isn’t flawed, anyway?)
A super film.
MY RATING: **** / *****