Imperium Blu-ray Review
Daniel Radcliffe continues to impress in “Imperium.”
In “Imperium,” a smart and nerdy FBI Profiler (Nate) is assigned to go undercover as a former war veteran turned white supremacist to penetrate the underground world of white supremacist groups. As Nate goes deeper and deeper undercover, he struggles to keep his identity a secret, faces false leads, and tries to uncover a bombing plot.
Between his performance in the highly underrated “Swiss Army Man” and now “Imperium,” Daniel Radcliffe is having himself a banner year. One might think Radcliffe would be out of his league and his comfort zone with the challenging role here in “Imperium,” but he fully commits. The movie lives and dies on his performance and he knocks it out of the park. The young actor has certainly come a long way from his often uneven performances in the Harry Potter series. Equally impressive here is Toni Collette as a no-nonsense FBI agent (Angela) who acts as Nate’s guide/boss. She has great chemistry with Radcliffe and the two play off each other so well.
As for the movie itself, it’s fairly standard dramatic thriller if you have ever seen an undercover story before. The script (which is written by Daniel Ragussis and based on the life events of story creator Michael German) is certainly intense from start to finish, but the film is never quite as impactful as it could be. It’s a little odd that the film lacks more conflicts and that it doesn’t delve into the psychological impact of Nate’s undercover job. Simply put, the movie could have added more characterization and gone a bit darker to raise the stakes/drama.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The moody cinematography shines in 1080p
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Given that this is largely a dialogue driven film, this track doesn’t have a whole lot to do. Still, it does the job.
* Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers and an “Imperium” trailer.
* Various interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Ragussis, Sam Trammell, and Michael German.
* “Living Undercover”- A featurette that covers the real man (Michael German) whose life the film is based on and Radcliffe’s role as an undercover FBI agent.
* The 18 minute “Making Imperium” covers the characters, the true life inspirations, the film, and more.
* A fascinating commentary by Daniel Ragussis and Michael German. German’s stories are well worth listening to.
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