This completes, with American History X (1998) and The Believer (2001) a recent look from filmmakers into the US white supremacist/neo-nazi problem. It all seems scary and specific. Each country is facing its own ghosts and history's wounds seem hard to heal. One of the most frightening lessons, to me, is this: It's not enough to remember, some hear about Hitler and say "that was a good thing, let's repeat it".
daniel radcliffe was really great in this and props to him for playing a role so different than his past ones. i was hooked when he first got in the with gang and the investigation into nazi american terrorists isn't explored much in movies but the final act was a little too rushed.
A theme is developing in the cinema of 2016: 'The Childhood of a Leader', 'Green Room' and now 'Imperium'. With the likes of Donald Trump campaigning against 'political correctness' as a mission creep to bring racism within the acceptable frame of debate, cautionary tales about the nature of fascism going beyond the skinhead stereotype are more important than ever. A brave, daring, important film.
Undercover-cop dramas are only as good as their actors; what makes them compelling is watching righteous people immerse themselves in dirty roles. I've never exactly followed Radcliffe's work, but he is terrific here, comparable even to Leo's work in "The Departed" and Roth's in "Reservoir Dogs." Exploits the current state of American politics? Yes, why shouldn't it? Deadly serious? Of course, why wouldn't it be?