That guy who is known for portraying Harry Potter is going to star as an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates white supremacist groups in order to prevent a terrorist attack!?!
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After watching a few interviews with Daniel Radcliffe explaining that the dialogue was so harsh he had to apologize to his fellow actors, I thought to myself self this flick Imperium could be the next American History X. It wasn’t, but, it wasn’t bad either. Imperium’s faults mostly come from a lack of strong dialogue, and what dialogue it does have lacks passion in its delivery. If you want to see this movie; STOP READING NOW.
OK, great let’s break it down
- Radcliffe’s character, Nate, is part of a botched terror plot take down.
- The FBI sets up a Somali refugee by convincing him to become a terrorist so they can arrest him.
- Nate connects with the suspect and feels the FBI has done wrong; he’s talented at connecting with people, so we’re told, repeatedly.
- Agent Zamparo (Toni Collette) chews gum like a grazing cow and exposes to Nate the true terrorists who walk among us – WHITES!!!
- In this movie the FBI doesn’t care about tracking down potential white supremacist terrorists. We’re given a slide show of the standard McVeighs and Roofs.
- Nate easily infiltrates a skin head group with the greatest of ease by shaving his head, and dropping that hate speak like he’s reading it out of a textbook (because he is).
- We meet the online white supremacist personality, Dallas Wolf (fucking perfect name)! He writes books, he leads marches, he is full of shit.
- We meet Neo-Nazis!
- We see almost violence against an interracial couple!
- The N-word gets dropped once!
- We meet an overly polite family whose children have a special tree house for when “the mud people come”
Basically we have an adventure of Nate making close personal connections with various white supremacists after one conversation, and then the one the movie wants you to least suspect is the real terrorist.
All in all, I think this movie would’ve made a great short film, which could be done by cutting out a significant amount of fluff, but that’s the way she goes. A daring subject to tackle comes up a little short by focusing more on personal connections that happen incredibly fast, instead of the actual threat of white supremacists.
Joe’s Grade: B