Flash Movie Review: Imperium

Can a child really understand the meaning of the words hate and love? The power of these 2 words is too heavy for a young mind to wrap itself around I believe. I used these words as a child, telling anyone who asked I hated peas and I loved chocolate. What I was really conveying was my preference in tastes; it had nothing to do with my emotional relationship to these food items. I did not know any better though I understood the affect it had on a person when I would tell them I loved or hated them. Before you say anything I really never told a person to their face that I hated them, though I wanted to say it to one particular babysitter who used to sit for me. Now through all the years of dating, seeing and being in relationships, besides becoming more mature; I understand all the nuances associated with love and hate. Some of the terminology I have used and heard would be things like not fond of, do not like, prefer not being around, enjoy your company, comfortable around you and so on. To me love and hate are strong words; I am careful about saying love because I do not want it to become a generic version of itself. I want love to have importance so when I tell someone I love them they know I mean it completely. As for the word hate I really do not use it much except for extreme circumstances like telling someone I would hate to have to do something like surgery or sit on a tour bus for 8 hours. So when I see other people displaying hate I have to take a step back. I find it sad that hatred these days seems to be in vogue; that it is becoming acceptable for someone to display their hatred. For this reason I found this dramatic thriller horrific.   AGREEING to go undercover to infiltrate a radical white supremacy group FBI agent Nate Foster, played by Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss Army Man, Victor Frankenstein), did not realize how much he could lose. Based on true events this story was disturbing. Maybe I am reacting on more of a personal level but the amount of hatred on display was absolutely frightening to me. What pulled me through was the strong acting from the cast which also included Toni Collette (Krampus, A Long Way Down) as Angela Zamparo, Tracy Letts (Indignation, The Big Short) as Dallas Wolf and Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars, True Blood-TV) as Gerry Conway. I have to give credit to Daniel since he is so closely associated to the Harry Potter franchise, that he can transform himself into these interesting roles he has a knack in choosing for himself. Overall I thought the script was good but there were times where some of the characters came across more like a cartoon in their extremeness. I found this crime film gripping in a chilling way. Partially because of the times we presently live in, to see such hatred and know that there are people out there who act the same way was scary for me.


3 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 2, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. sounds deep and heavy – thanks for the review – and we know a few folks who were at a premier showing of this film – guess it was filmed at a local theatre – ((imperial)) – anyhow – hope u have a good weekend

    • Thank you for the holiday wishes and I hope your weekend was enjoyable. The movie was filmed at a local theater? I wonder what scenes; if you get to see this movie (it is available via VOD) please tell me what you thought of it. Thank you again.

      • Well I promise to come back and tell you once I see it- and I will give you more of the scoop about the connection to the local theater in Virginia –
        I also need to follow up with my feedback about Jason Bourne this summer (I agree with your two plus half stars – I think that is what u have it) anyhow – yes – nice weekend and now ready for the fall season – thanks for the reply movie joltz! Peace

  2. People who value relations alot are the ones who choose wisely and carefully about love/hate. And, i guess you seem to be one of them 🙂
    As far as the movie is concerned the guy seems to be proving his versatility taking up different roles.

  3. I love to watch movies. It is frightening today, many movies are based on what is really happening in the world …. just as you describe it is, unfortunately, so much anger, hatred and violence in our daily lives. I will watch this movie, thanks for the tips 🙂

  4. I am impressed by Radcliffe’s choice of films that he undertakes outside of the Harry potter franchise and that he doesn’t not allow himself to be governed by the series and dictate the future roles he takes. He’s always been a fan of mine outside of the Potter films, they never stuck with me. He really digs deep in to his roles and absorbs the characters well. Very much like the American History X film with Ed Norton (not a big fan of his but…) this movie was a well played out film. There are many hate groups across America and Canada and it’s not just the Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists, they’re just easier to target in media like the Middle Eastern Extremists and Taliban etc. But doing a film that says “Inspired By True Events” says there’s a lot of Hollywood BS thrown in because no one really knows what went on behind closed doors except for that informant who if he survived would tell his tale then we have the classified and declassified released to the public versions right? But I admire Radcliffe for doing this and it does intrigue me to see it. As well as I tip my hat to you sir for not being afraid to review it. Touchy subject for many people understandably so. Cheers

    • Again I must thank you for your kind words, comments and support. I am sure there is some Hollywood spin on this film, but the undertone was riveting to be because I have been on the receiving end of people’s hatred. Also, I understand this film is now available via VOD so after you see it please tell me your thoughts. Thank you once again.

      • I too have been and to a point on the receiving end of other people’s hatred, dislike, distaste for many things. We are who we are my friend and we should NEVER change so long as we are not hurting anyone or anything

      • Absolutely and well said. Because of them we became our true, strong selfs.

      • Hear Hear!

        BTW… Watching Imperium tonight, letcha know tomorrow!

      • So….. I have to say I am disappointed at this movie. It didn’t really go anywhere and started several sub-plots that never panned out and loose threads lying all over the place. He bounced from one faction to another to the so called “voice” of the movement Dallas Wolf and it show the dissension among the ranks and various groups of the “Aryan Nation” and it was rather predictable in many spots like the protest march, you just knew his friend at the wine store would be there and recognize him. As well as who really was planning the concrete next step. The character disposition was lacking, sad and poor at best also. Even among the ranks in the FBI it was chaos and disorganization for the most part. Poorly written dialogue and gratuitous use of the “F” word just made this a very poor attempt to show any real side of any group other than disorder and misunderstanding and somehow at the end the kid Johnny “sees the light”. I was hoping for more, perhaps I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up.

      • I am sad your experience was not good but appreciate your take on it. It would be curious to hear from more people who saw this film. Thank you for the comments, I truly mean it.

      • Much appreciated that you brought it to light! Thank You Kind Sir!

      • I don’t get VOD but I will make a huge effort to see this film!

  5. I really want to see this one! I’m no fan of hate and violence, but I am a fan of both history and social study. It might sound weird, but I’ve always been drawn to read (and sometimes watch) about the darker side of human nature, I think I really just want to know what makes these people tick…


  6. Watched this, as promised, and loved it! Radcliff is amazing, flawless American accent. That aside, the script was well done, plenty of tense moments to keep you on the edge of your seat (based on a true story, but we all know that’s with an emphasis on ‘based’). I think they did a wonderful job at summing up an issue that is still very alive and breathing, whilst portraying both sides as human, even with all of their ideological flaws.


    • Thank you so much for coming back to tell me about your views on this film. It really is something how the issue is still very alive and breathing. Let us hope society can evolve beyond it. Thanks again.

  7. I just watched imperium and i absolutely agree with your rating of 3/5 stars. It wasnt bad but it left me with a feeling that it could have beem much better. it felt like it ended too abruptly after such an intense build up. Radcliff nailed his role undoubtedly!

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