Aroview: A riveting tale of the seductive nature of power, this is worth the admission alone for Forest Whitaker’s astonishing Oscar-winning turn as crazed, charismatic Ugandan Idi Amin, a performance that captures all shades of the dictator’s infamous rule.
Told through the eyes of a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy), the film looks at his corruption from accidental physician to trusted confidante under Amin’s regime. Dir. Macdonald, best known for his award-winning documentaries ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER and TOUCHING THE VOID, makes his feature debut, and handles the frightening subject matter with assured skill. And while this may seem like another ‘exotic’ tale told through the eyes of a civilized Westerner, it is a tense, moving and finally brutal tale of a crippled nation.
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2 stars (Good Try) It is a historical dramatisation so you don't know which parts are true. The screenplay wasn't convincing as the McAvoy fictional character wasn't believable & the yelling nutter played by Whitaker just got tiresome. Gillian Anderson wasted.~tubbs