August 18th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Toni’s new film “Imperium” will be released tomorrow in the United States – in limited theatrical release and on demand. After “Lucky Them”, I’m still getting used to this kind of release. Although this one stars Daniel Radcliffe, there’s little promotion. But with good reviews, hopefully “Imperium” will leave an impression. Lionsgate has released three production stills featuring Toni, and a couple of reviews have been assembled:

The Huffington Post: Based on the experiences of former FBI counter-terrorism agent Michael German, but placed in a fictional context for the film, Ragussis and the cast, led by Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent and his FBI superior, played by Toni Collette, had no idea the film would be so timely at the time it was made. Rather, it was a story that had originated from Ragussis doing research into WWII, and then coming upon the topic of Neo-Nazis and other groups associated with white separatist, supremacist, and white pride movements.

The Los Angeles Times: Inspired by the experiences of former FBI Special Agent Mike German, who receives story credit here, the movie tracks an earnest young federal agent, Nate Foster (Radcliffe), as he attempts to bring down a radical right-wing terrorist group based in Virginia. Encouraged by his brash supervisor (an excellent Toni Collette), Nate shaves his head and goes undercover to infiltrate a crisscross of potentially lethal racists and neo-Nazis. These include a fiery talk show host (Tracy Letts), a suburban family man (Sam Trammell), an Aryan Alliance leader (Chris Sullivan) and an array of “soldiers” in the cause.

NJ.com Director Daniel Ragussis is making his first feature here, and sometimes his over-enthusiasm – or breathless naiveté – show. There are one-too-many rapidly edited montages of racist terrorists and white-power marches; the smoothly smiling villainy of one character is overdone. And the ending feels pat. But the movie is very well-acted, and often – particularly in scenes of a protest-turned-riot, a racist street fight, and Nat’s suspicions that he’s been found out – uncomfortably gripping. Depressingly relevant, too, in this increasingly extreme and divided nation.

Yahoo Movies: Radcliffe’s Nate Foster is a brilliant agent, but wet-behind-the-ears, disappointed to discover the jihadist terrorist suspect he’s been tracking for weeks is really just a low-level functionary. And yet his ability to empathize with the suspect during questioning attracts the attention of a superior, Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette, all gum-smacking insouciance), who suspects an extremist white nationalist group is trying to build a dirty bomb, and thinks an Alex Jones-styled, right-wing web-radio host (Tracy Letts) might have knowledge of it. Desperate to make his name in the agency, Nate agrees to become her mole.




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