This is a very curious film. It is not a documentary, and it is not a drama. It employs performers to re-enact real events, but it makes no effort to tie those events together into any kind of a statement about Idi Amin. It contains a lot of gruesome violence, but is not an exploitation film. When the movie was over, I remained totally baffled about why it had been made. And yet “Amin: The Rise and Fall” is not a bad film so much as a strange one, a one-of-a-kind curiosity. It’s sort of a biographer’s notebook, a strung-together series of anecdotes in which the former Ugandan dictator emerges as a man with many personalities, all of them out of control. The movie itself is also out of control. It begins from the point of view of a black Ugandan surgeon, but it is not the surgeon’s story–indeed, the doctor flies out of the country before the movie is over.
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