Amin---The Rise and Fall (1981)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , Kenya , Nigeria   |   MPAA Rating - R
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This quickie exploitation take on the crimes of infamous despot Idi Amin is tacky and insensitive in the extreme. In true exploitation film style, Amin: The Rise and Fall is a grisly catalog of carnage that moves at breakneck speed. The script never allows the viewer insight into what drives Amin nor does it provide a worthwhile heroic presence for him to lock horns with. However, it does offer up a shooting, a beating, or some other form of mayhem every five minutes (one memorable shock involves a doctor finding a pair of severed heads in Amin's kitchen freezer). Such a display of brutality could have been sickening but Amin: The Rise and Fall comes off as a demented comic book brought to life thanks to the ripe, amateurish performances of its cast. The best is Joseph Olita, who gives a ranting, insanely over-the-top performance as Amin that is sure to endear him to bad movie buffs everywhere. Behind the camera, Sharad Patel's directorial touch is as light as a sledgehammer but he keeps the mayhem rolling at a fast clip and gives it a professional look that boasts unexpectedly strong production values. In short, Amin: The Rise and Fall is exactly the kind of celluloid travesty that will disgust serious filmgoers and delight trash fiends.