review by Bobby Blakey
Daniel Radcliffe is one of those few child actors that have gone on to a pretty great career as an adult. He has taken on some strange, but great roles since his Harry Potter days and developed an impressive resume. His latest Imperium once again takes him in a new direction with a great supporting cast including Toni Collette, Sam Trammell, and Nestor Carbonell, but does it invoke the power of its beliefs to showcase the impact it hopes for or will it betray itself?
Imperium follows 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. One of my favorite films is American History X and I am fascinated with the ideal of White Supremacy and the stories they tell. Not because I agree with their stance but the pure intrigue to how they can harbor such hate over just race. This film paints an engaging portrayal of this mentality from the inside with Foster’s infiltration of the organization. This is a slow burn type of film with no real action to speak of, but that is not the point of the film. This shows the inner workings of the organizations as well as the FBI as they try to bring them down. What I really like the most was the overall feeling of upcoming despair throughout the film as Radcliffe works to uncover the plot and seeing how the most evil of the bunch were the ones you least expect. Radcliffe gives a great subtle performance here bringing some power to the role while never going to far over the top or giving up the somewhat innocence and goodness of his character.
The rest of the cast do a great job as well, but the bulk of the weight rides on the shoulders of Radcliffe. This is a story driven film that does run a bit slow at times and never really offers a full impactful resolution, but still manages to deliver an engaging film that I enjoyed. I love seeing all these different roles Radcliffe is taking on and hope it continues to keep showing his diversity and range.