5 February 2018


Imperium 2016
  • Director: Daniel Ragussis
  • Based on story by Michael German
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell, Devin Druid
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Daniel Radcliffe – What If, The Woman in Black, Harry Potter 1-8, December Boys, Extras, David Copperfield
    • Toni Collette – A Long Way Down, Mental, Fright Night, The Dead Girl, Little Miss Sunshine, In Her Shoes, The Hours, About a Boy, Changing Lanes, Hotel Splendide, Velvet Goldmine, Muriel’s Wedding
  • Why? Toni Collette, Daniel Radcliffe
  • Seen: 2 February 2018      

       Nate (Radcliffe) is a nerdy Arabic-speaking FBI agent. Angela (Collette) is an out-spoken gum-chewing FBI agent. They both have credible American accents here. She’s out to get a right wing white supremacist movement that is now planning to use nuclear weapons in the race war it’s about to start. She recruits Nate to infiltrate the movement. Despite the danger and his doubts, he shaves his head, studies racist texts, practices his undercover story with the very knowledgeable and demanding Angela and goes undercover.
       He acquits himself well in his first meeting with some very sincere, very scary, Nazis. He gets to know skin heads, barbecuing loving dads, cupcake baking mums, Aryan warriors with posters of Jesus (do white supremacist ultra-fundamental Christians know that Jesus was a Jew?), nature loving vegetarians – white supremacists one and all.
       Undercover work, especially with these people, is lonely and scary. Secret meetings with Angela help. Until the case falls apart. Then they get another chance to expose, catch and put away the racist war mongers.
       Well, it’s a movie and the good guys win. Let’s just hope, despite Trump and his army of fanatical white supremacists, that the good guys win in reality too.
       A nuanced, thought-provoking and well-acted film.

4* of 5

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