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Drama - Terrorism

Imperium (2016)

Duration1h 49m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12, Russia: 18+
Source of storyA book, “Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent”, by Michael German
DirectorDaniel Ragussis
Writers/ScriptDaniel Ragussis (Michael German, Joe Turner Lin story)
StarringDaniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Burn Gorman, Sam Trammell, David Aranovich, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.5 by 41,297 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 85% by 72 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Nate Foster is a young FBI agent who is mainly concerned analysing possible terrorist activity. He is therefore pleased to be offered an undercover role to infiltrate a far right organisation by his boss Angela Zamparo. She thinks that there is a plot afoot to explode a dirty bomb in Washington, using caesium, four containers of which are unaccounted for. She and Nate develop his back story and off he goes, using his ownership of a medical supplies shop as a front which will attract the Nazi organisation, and the availability of funds to interest a far right commentator. But nothing is quite what it seems.

Content:  No sex or nudity, or any romance. The FBI agents are seen at work in open plan offices, Angela’s cupboard of an office and a room adjacent to the interview space. Nate and Angela meet in her car for conferences. Nate lives in a crap little house and gradually becomes familiar with the far right people, taking part in marches and visiting a forest camp. He is forced to extemporise to prevent innocent bystanders being injured or killed and is almost discovered more than once.

A View: Daniel Radcliffe seems to be still looking for a place in the post Harry Potter acting world, but he does pretty well here in the unlikely role of an FBI agent. Toni Collette is also pretty good I think as an unusually relaxed FBI person. Beyond that the plot is pretty conventional and Nate’s brushes with danger to be expected. He is recognised by one or two people and his back story is found to be false by the Nazis. All straightforward stuff, but nevertheless in this world of pretty doubtful presentations this outing was well thought of and is worth a view, possibly for nothing.

Additional Info: The worldwide gross receipts are chronicled on IMDb as ¢282,817. Since  production cost might have been at least more than one million it was probably a financial failure.

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