DVD - 2016
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A young FBI agent, eager to prove himself in the field, goes undercover as a white supremacist.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Montréal : VVS Films, 2016.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Imper
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French with French subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Jun 30, 2020

A good white supremacist movie , but now we know there are many more Antifa and others that are trying to destroy Government.

Dec 08, 2019

Former FBI special agent Mike German provided the story material behind *Imperium*. I read German's putatively non-fiction 2019 book *Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide* before watching *Imperium*. As I indicated in my comment on the book, *Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide* is not only the book's title it is German's personal agenda.

The film just seals the case for me that German's forte is the creation of agenda-driven narrative fiction masquerading as truth or truth-based. *Imperium* is actually, in many respects, a decent film albeit tainted by the tendentious fear mongering of German and the film makers.

Bibliocommons limits comments to 4,000 characters so I'll use this comment to include some more remarks apropos the book that are also salient to the film. On p. 239 German complains about the FBI's failure to include three fatalities in Vancouver, WA attributed to Brent Luyster in a 2017 report and data set on "white supremacist violence". He says: "This FBI-related incident alone would have quadrupled the report's 2016 white supremacist fatality count, and it is inexplicable how a bureau analyst could have missed it."

Two issues are clear here: 1) If three deaths can quadruple a year's count then "white supremacist fatalit[ies]" are actually quite rare; and, 2) German's complaint also demonstrates just how far he will go to try to force the facts to fit his agenda. As German notes, Luyster's three victims were his "skinhead associates". That is, the victims were White and the murders were not motivated by a racist ideology but by a personal or internal dispute.

By analogy, if we were to adopt German's approach we would count the 1975 murder of Anna Mae Aquash as American Indian nationalist/supremacist violence. This is because the evidence points to the perpetrators being fellow American Indian Movement members, including, perhaps, Leonard Peltier and Dennis Banks.

On p. 243 German complains about 2016 FBI/DHS findings that "anarchist extremists were the 'primary instigators of violence at public rallies.' " In my admittedly anecdotal experience this is probably true. Since the early 90s I have protested the KKK numerous times and, in later years, participated in Seattle's May Day marches.

In every case, a small minority of apparently Leftist protestors were always the ones who initiated violence and property destruction and that happened at every one of the protests and marches. I say "apparently" because I acknowledge the possibility that some of these activities were undertaken by non-Leftist provocateurs. In any event, I stopped attending the May Day marches because of this and its seeming tacit acceptance by other marchers. Curiously, the vast majority of the, usually much larger, anti-war protests/marches I attended in 90s, 00s, and 10s--in three different US states--went off without such criminal activities.

Oct 05, 2019

Supposed to be right wing....but this is what left wingers do. Never met a right winger yet with the hatred the left has for this country and the constitution. Antifa members do this stuff.

Sep 10, 2019

"Imperium" is one of those films that on its dust jacket promises big things, such as comparing itself to the "Departed." "Imperium" is a crime thriller set on in modern day Virginia, highlighting the journey of a young and oft-bullied FBI agent's descent into the madness of the white supremacist/Neo Nazi movement. It came across as being heavily politicized and soap boxy, the villains were flat characters, lacking any development beyond being Nazis, there was no real reasoning behind the plot. To add to this Daniel Radcliffe's (of all people) performance fell flat, for a protagonist he was hard to connect to, very little of his back story was given, and there was no real connection to why he was working to stop the bad guys outside of duty and honor. Comparing "Imperium" to a film like "Departed" was entirely a bad move, "Imperium" seemed like a contrived passion project meant to cash in on the hysteria of the modern day, without providing character development or context.

Nov 08, 2018

A psychological dissection as much as it is a nail-biting policier, everyone delivers top notch performances especially Daniel Radcliffe whose character's false bravado barely conceals the fact he’s scared to death and a savvy gum-snapping Toni Collette pulling strings in the background while trying to keep him safe. Hulking bear Chris Sullivan also appears as an imposing yet deceptively soft-spoken Aryan brother with a dangerously suspicious streak. Aside from the usual Hollywood embellishments (does NO ONE hear Foster loudly reporting in to the FBI behind that flimsy bathroom door?) Ragussis keeps things well paced and tightly controlled from an undercover greenhorn’s stumbling first attempts to that final dead serious takedown.

Jan 31, 2018

This movie was poorly written, although based on an interesting story line. Endless dialogue with little action. At best, the acting was mediocre and amateurish. Your fast forward button is your friend if you choose to watch.

Dec 26, 2017

Daniel Radcliffe is credible in his role as an infiltrator into a White Supremacist group. When I see movies like this I don't believe it is entire fiction but there are stories out there of people who are subtly and no so subtly gearing up for a race war. They are fighting it in different and chilling ways. If this movie does nothing else it makes this reality more public.

Oct 19, 2017

Based on the ratings, this is a movie you either love or hate. I loved it. Radcliffe is so far form Harry Potter these days it's insulting that people continue to slot him in that role. I thought he shined as an undercover agent. There were moments of real tension and the possibility of being discovered (if you possess an ounce of empathy, that is). I recommend this movie.

Franln Sep 29, 2017

The most terrifying thing about this movie is how accurate it is. The white supremacist movement is on the rise.

Sep 08, 2017

Wasn't bad, but missed out on more potential. Large number of players in the plot, and yet they all just seemed to be written out of the script with little fanfare.

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Feb 25, 2017

Michael German went undercover with white supremacists for a year and with right-wing militants for another eight months and now he wants to set some things straight.


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Feb 25, 2017

We've got hours of him talking about waging jihad and killing children.
-Right, but talking, though, sir,
What do you know about Timothy McVeigh?
-Ah... he was some kind of lone extremist... in a militia?
Don't be an asshole who bullshits questions you don't know the answer to. Here. Timothy McVeigh was a decorated Gulf war veteran. He was not insane; He was not a lunatic; And he was not stupid. He was a white supremacist, following a plan.
-What plan?
A plan from a book called the Turner diaries. It's about a "race war" to exterminate blacks, Jews, and "mud people."
For evil to triumph, it only takes good men... to do nothing.
Because when it comes down to it, there really is only one essential ingredient to fascism.
- It's victimhood.
I blamed those black kids, and I blamed this school, I blamed the cops; I blamed everybody. I was gonna hurt everyone else the way they hurt me.

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