'Imperium' on Blu-ray and DVD

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

Daniel Radcliffe’s performance in Imperium will not conjure up any reflections of his Harry Potter role. In this movie Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, an FBI analyst who goes undercover in a dangerous and life-changing experience.

The movie was inspired by actual events from the life of Michael German who wrote the story. Foster is a young analyst who is enlisted by Agent Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette) to go undercover in a neo-Nazi community to hunt down some stolen toxic materiel that is going to be used to make a dirty bomb. While the others within the bureau are looking at Muslim groups, Zamparo has a feeling that the white supremacists are the ones in control of the material.

Foster shaves his head and turns from a nerdy agent into a tough skinhead in order to infiltrate the community. The white supremacist community is comprised of several groups – some are eager for conflict with anyone on the streets, and others are more contemplative and are biding their time for the right opportunity to strike.

While undercover in this new environment, Foster has a hard time understanding how these people think the way they do. He does a great job of fitting in, however. This man has done his homework and when the going gets tough, he rises to the occasion. This is definitely a different part of his job than he ever experienced before. He is used to sitting at a desk analyzing information. Now he is thrust into a deep, dark world of danger and uncertainty.

The acting is great and viewers will feel their skin crawl as they watch the hatred within the groups bubble to the top. Evil is at its peak in this movie, but so is the intrepid agent who puts his life on the line for the sake of good.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray include interviews with the cast and crew, a “making of” feature, and a featurette about “Living Undercover,” in which both Radcliffe and German discuss the story and how agents blend in when they are undercover. What makes this movie even more than a simple thriller is that the story was taken from actual events.

Imperium is rated R for language throughout. This is not a show for kids. It is a show about evil and hatred. In this case the good guys come out on top as far as the dirty bomb is concerned, yet there is no way of changing what is in the hearts and minds of the community.

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