Imperium

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Undercover agent investigating revolting white supremacists Discuss this article

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Daniel Radcliffe does his best work to date as an idealistic young FBI agent who infiltrates a group of white supremacists in this otherwise standard-issue thriller inspired by real events. He plays Nate Taylor, a nerdy desk analyst ordered to shave his head and go deep undercover to discover which neo-Nazi leader is attempting to build a dirty bomb. Is it the hate-spewing shock jock (Tracy Letts)? The terrifying man-mountain Aryan Alliance leader (Chris Sullivan)? Or a teetotal racist who puts up swastika bunting for his family barbecues (Sam Trammell)?

There’s nothing terribly original about Imperium; it’s not tough enough or tense enough, and frankly there’s a faint air of faking-it hanging over a lot of the film (Romper Stomper and American History X told similar stories with greater impact).

But it is solid and watchable, and Radcliffe is genuinely ace, giving a smart, understated, nuanced and intelligent performance. Bravo.

The bottom line
Harry Potter goes hardcore, and pulls it off.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Imperium

  • Duration: 109
  • Released: Thu, 14 Sep
  • Language: English
  • Director: Daniel Ragussis
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts

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