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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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.
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.
Solid and watchable, and Radcliffe is genuinely ace.
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.
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.
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.
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