Dr. Nicholas Garrigan (McAvoy), fresh out of medical school and working in a small Ugandan village, is a fun-loving lad with an eye for the ladies.
He treats Amin (Whitaker) for a minor wound and the president is instantly taken with him after learning he's from Scotland. Amin is a great fan of all things Scottish, and the movie's title is one of many the ruler bestowed upon himself.
Garrigan is at first reluctant to join the leader's staff, but he is soon mesmerized by the man and his extravagant lifestyle. Overly confident of his position in Amin's inner circle, he chooses to ignore what is really going on in Uganda and makes some extremely foolish choices with no thought of the consequences.
As Amin's paranoia escalates, so does the bling on his uniform, as well as the body count.
"The Last King of Scotland" gives us a brief portrait of a beautiful country and a people victimized by a monster. And while Idi Amin may be gone, he is not the last of his kind in the world today.
SUSANNE PEREZ lives in Costa Mesa and is an executive assistant for a financial services company.
The historic photo of six Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima is the centerpiece of this film made with Oscar-quality production values. Steven Spielberg joins forces with director Clint Eastwood to bring this troubling and complex story to life on the screen.
The movie is based on the book written by the son of one of the flag-raisers. The story of that photo and its aftermath on the soldiers has the ring of truth only an insider could bring to the tale.