Imperium tells the story of an idealistic FBI agent Nate Foster who goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy.
Finally, a good film where Daniel Radcliffe can prove he can act unlike his co-stars who continue to break free of their childhood stardom that launched them into their current careers. Emma Watson may have shown a brief glimpse of the minimal acting chops she has in Perks of Being a Wallflower, however overshadowed she was by the absolutely brilliant performances by Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman (who has yet to prove himself again) with Rupert Grint yet to prove himself at all. This is Radcliffe’s chance as being a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man hardly even counts as a performance as it’s beyond ridiculous. We really get to see Radcliffe perform in this film. His accent, also, has come a long way though it still sounds so strange as we’re probably so used to his natural English tongue.
Films like Imperium are suspensefully relevant in modern times, especially in it’s native America. It helps continue to teach us to look beyond the cover as it’s said in the film, “just because you’re not looking at something, doesn’t mean it’s not there.” The film really explores the words and deeds of extremists without the so obvious “coming to save the day” premise that has been so common in Hollywood films recently. It’s informative and interesting, despite being a straightforward undercover cop thriller that we as an audience may be familiar with however it definitely works in its favour with a clear and definitive message of an interesting and relevant topic.
Although it may be heavy handed at times, it’s a film worth your time – especially compared to the other trash that somehow manages to find its way onto more screens than something like this.