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Imperium (2016)

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A young FBI agent, eager to prove himself in the field, goes undercover as a white supremacist.

Director:

Daniel Ragussis

Writers:

Michael German (story), Daniel Ragussis (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Nate Foster
Toni Collette ... Angela Zamparo
Tracy Letts ... Dallas Wolf
Sam Trammell ... Gerry Conway
Nestor Carbonell ... Tom Hernandez
Chris Sullivan ... Andrew Blackwell
Seth Numrich ... Roy
Pawel Szajda ... Vince Sargent
Devin Druid ... Johnny
Burn Gorman ... Morgan
Adam Meier Adam Meier ... Frank Hedges
Roger Yawson ... Usman
Linc Hand ... David
Vanessa Ore ... Becky
Jasson Finney ... Billy
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Idealistic FBI agent Nate Foster goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The 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. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Inspired by actual events See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperium: Resistência Sem Líder See more »

Filming Locations:

Hopewell, Virginia, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Production staff used a bicycle to travel between filming locations in downtown Hopewell. After filming was completed, the bicycle was autographed by production staff and Daniel Radcliffe, and was donated to the City of Hopewell. The bicycle sold at auction for more than $2,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Hopewell United Way campaign. See more »

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In the beginning, while being interrogated by Nate, the terrorist refers to the terrorist organization as 'Al-Shabab'. An Arabic speaker would pronounce it as 'Ash-Shabab'. See more »

Quotes

Gerry Conway: we may not live to see the world we're building.
Nate Foster: But I'll have helped to build it. A man's body dies, but his deeds live forever.
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Sick Society
Performed by Shield Front
Written by Leave No Doubt
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Radcliffe's tenacity pays off
12 October 2016 | by Jane ZhangSee all my reviews

Daniel Radcliffe as a FBI agent and an extreme white supremacist, now that was a film I really had to see. Personally, I love undercover stories as they have inbuilt elements of excitement and uncertainty. You're wondering constantly whether the covert operation is going to be a success or a failure.

Even with a shaved head and gangster clothes, Radcliffe lacked menace, fury and vitriol one might expect from a white supremacist. His eyes emanate a childlike innocence that is difficult to overcome even by vulgar behaviour and foul language. He doesn't astound, but I was quite engrossed in his performance. I cared about him and I wanted him to succeed.

I would have loved to see a deeper examination of infiltration strategies than what was in this film. It employs tips from the well – known book: Dale Carnegie's 'How to win friends and influence people', and doesn't go beyond that. By being as simple as it is, it takes away the intrigue of an undercover story.

There were some nail-biting scenes and clever dialogue that held my attention. We do get to delve into the mindsets of several white supremacists. The finale, however, felt very rushed. It came across as very sudden and I questioned its plausibility. It seems that the writers just needed a quick and thrilling end to the story without considering whether it is consistent with what they have developed earlier, both story and character wise.

I admire Radcliffe's tenacity to take on such a role. Even though the film wasn't a profound artwork, he does well in trying to break the seemingly immutable image of him as Harry Potter. Anyone who is used to seeing him as the boy who lived would be pleasantly surprised.


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