Imperium full movie review - There is really only one essential ingredient to fascism: It's victimhood.
My advice to anyone intending to watch this movie is to throw away your racial lens altogether. I know it's bloody tempting not to what with the war of social ideals raging on in.
..not just American society, but societies around the world in general. I went into this film thinking it would be a thought-provoking, intense social commentary. 10 minutes in I was convinced it was just more dime-a- dozen, race-baiting regressive drivel. By the end, I realised the film carries much more weight if you ignore the racial aspect altogether. This realisation was confirmed after my second watch - yeah, I'd recommend a second watch (as long as your personal tastes don't detest the film as a whole).
Daniel Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, an FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a white-supremacist group suspected of plotting a domestic terrorist attack. Right off the bat I am personally a fan of Radcliffe and while I'll acknowledge he wouldn't be the first I would cast in the role, I enjoyed his performance. As for whether the character he plays would have held his own in a real-life infiltration scenario...well, that's not so convincing. I think the criticism of the character being too likable as well as the ease at which he is brought into the fold is well founded. I'd attribute this more to the writing than Radcliffe's performance although I do have a bias there.
In terms of general storyline and plot it's fairly formulaic so don't be expecting many twists and turns. The suspense is there but it's also relatively tame considering the situation Nate is put in. Supporting cast performances were all good, despite their characters being somewhat generic, although I did particularly like Sam Trammel's character and the conflicting opinions he engenders every time he has a scene with Radcliffe; He's a loving dad who likes listening to classical music right up until the point where he slaps you in the face with a swastika.
If you didn't take my advice and kept your race-tinted glasses on throughout the entire film, let me explain why (I feel) you missed out. At the end of the film we see the potential Hitler youth character reformed in his way. The way I see it, this kid isn't reformed of his whiteness - he's reformed of his supremacy. This film is about the dangers of extremism and fundamentalism, period. If you think this film is just more anti-white propaganda, try not to deny reality and claim these fundamentalist groups don't exist. Similarly, If you adore this film for the way it "exposes" white hatred domestic terrorism - I'd implore you to consider one of the closing quoteables in this film and one that in my view really makes this film particularly relevant - "There is really only one essential ingredient to fascism: It's victimhood." Remember it next time you watch the news because those of us with our heads screwed on straight know for whom the victim complexes are the greatest. Perhaps some food for thought.