Imperium (2016)


Critic Consensus: The unsettling Imperium boasts troublingly timely themes and a talented cast led by Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a ring of white supremacists.


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Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe), a young, idealistic FBI agent, goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. The bright 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. Inspired by real events, IMPERIUM stars Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, with Nestor Carbonell, Burn Gorman and Sam Trammell and will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and on demand August 19.

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Daniel Radcliffe
as Nate Foster
Toni Collette
as Angela Zamparo
Tracy Letts
as Dallas Wolf
Pawel Szajda
as Vince Sargent
Chris Sullivan (XII)
as Andrew Blackwell
Nestor Carbonell
as Tom Hernandez
Sam Trammell
as Gerry Conway
Adam Meier
as Frank Hedges
Linc Hand
as David
David Aranovich
as Ernest Walton
Asif Khan
as Fariq
Mike Marunde
as Harris Pitt
Marty Terry
as Elderly Woman
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Critic Reviews for Imperium

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (19)

It seems unnervingly accurate for anxious times.

Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As the baddies get nicer - or at least quieter - the plot slackens and Ragussis plods his way through a transparent three-act structure towards a less-than-thrilling denouement.

Sep 30, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

In the end, Imperium is fairly gripping entertainment that overcomes its faults. It brings nothing new to the table. But chalk up another unlikely win for Radcliffe.

Sep 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Solid and watchable, and Radcliffe is genuinely ace.

Sep 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

More entertaining than it ought to be ...

Aug 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Pulpy but effective.

Aug 19, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Imperium

Daniel Radcliffe surprises with his intense performance as an FBI agent gone undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group. The story staggers at times, but this is a timely topic given the rise of these terror groups. Recommended.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer


After Kill Your Darlings, What If and Horns, Daniel Radcliffe continues to impress in his post-Harry Potter career, with a nuanced, layered turn as an undercover FBI operative tasked to infiltrate a neo-Nazi group. The film itself is slightly less than the sum of its lead and co-lead's (a reliably brilliant Toni Collette) fine work. But there are some wonderfully tense moments, and a genuinely superb and unexpectedly simple ending.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


With strong performances by Collette and Radcliffe (even if Radcliffe is uneven at times), "Imperium" is a well paced and nuanced thriller set in the milieu of white separatist domestic terrorism. The tale is utterly chilling and well worth watching.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Standard thriller with some curiosities to enliven the proceedings: Radcliffe, an Englishman plays a Yankee, and does okay at it, while Collette, his co-star and a Aussie, plays one as well. Once dithering past the question of why was that casting decision made is practically the very nearly usual plotline about undercover police work. Ride this one for the star power alone, if that's your option.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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