The young Scottish doctor heads to Uganda for an adventure, and gets way more than he bargained for. Through luck and charisma, he gets the job of the president’s physician. With that comes a life of luxury, riches and women. Of course he has to wake up to the harsh reality of this beloved president at some point. Seems formulaic, right? almost like “The Firm”. However, this is a film carried by Whitaker’s excellent performance as the brutal but teddy bear like Idi Amin. It is also curious and very effective how the story is told from the POV of the young Dr. Nicholas Garrigan. You see what he sees, so for the bulk of the movie, Amin seems like a charismatic, short tempered, but not necessarily ‘evil’ leader. You almost do like him like Nicholas does. It makes it all the more effective when the brutality and dismemberment occur towards the end.