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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Daniel Radcliffe gives a terrific performance as an FBI analyst undercover with white supremacists

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 clean-living, 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 there’s an air of faking-it hanging over a lot of it (‘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 and intelligent performance.

Written by
Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 16 September 2016
  • Duration:106 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Daniel Ragussis
  • Screenwriter:Daniel Ragussis
  • Cast:
    • Daniel Radcliffe
    • Toni Collette
    • Nestor Carbonell
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