By: Nazia Adnin
Racism, religious chaos, terrorism; all these negativities have become part of everyday life across the globe. Fundamentalism is another name of fear of the current world. “Imperium” is a movie that reminds us that we don’t live in a fantasy world where superheroes will come and rescue us from alien or monsters rather it shows a part of brutal reality of existing fundamentalism in every religion and race.
Based on true story by Michael German “Imperium” is a debut feature film of director Daniel Ragussis. The film undoubtedly features timely themes and a brilliant cast with Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a ring of white supremacists.
Movie begins with an action scene of FBI agents arresting a suspect. During the interrogation Nate’s (Daniel Radcliffe) intelligence draws attention of agent Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette) who convinces Nate to go a mission as undercover agent to find leads on some illegally imported caesium-137 and its relationship with active white-supremacist groups. Nerdy Nate wants to prove himself and earn a reputation in the agency .Therefore; he gets involved with several active groups through Agent Zamparo's inside man.
Nate turns out to be a very smart individual who manages to convince white supremacist fanatics and grows very close to them in short time .
Radcliffe’s Nate carries the movie on his shoulder. Collette did an amazing job to turn her character an “asshole” FBI agent. The film features a lot of exciting scenes without any hardcore car chasing or cross fire scenes. Close-ups of Radcliffe’s eyes and face while becoming a “SkinedHead” represent the dilemma of the movie. There are many moments in the screenplay that will make you fear for Nate’s safety .Nate lacks the physicality to fight back with the white supremacists where some of them turn out to be petty criminals. However, Nate’s wittiness saves him from giving away his undercover identity.
Sound design of the movie compliments its storyline. Absence of temp music is a pleasant to the ears. Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski sets Imperium’s tone perfectly.
“Imperium” articulates the milieu of our time. This movie deserves a solid 4 out of 5. It is a great 108 minute suspenseful ride for moviegoers.