I think I can officially say I’m a Daniel Radcliffe fan. Just in the last, what?, 3-6 months, I have watched and loved the entire Harry Potter series, Swiss Army Man, and now, Imperium. He’s a phenomenal actor that has fit all three of his roles in these films to a tee. I feel that we’ll see more and more of his versatility as he stars in more varied films.
Imperium was something I was intrigued by from the get-go because I was thinking it would be something akin to American History X (you know, with Edward Norton) and I mean, I wasn’t completely wrong, but I wasn’t completely right, either. It was tense from the first minute to the final climax. It built the perfect amount of suspense and kept me on my toes precisely when it needed to. I wasn’t expecting to see Toni Collette in a role like this, but lo and behold, I did – and am I ever glad I did! She was really great. I am a fan of hers from the TV series, The United States of Tara (she plays a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder, you should check it out if you haven’t before)!
I don’t want to say that Imperium doesn’t quite… measure upt to the aforementioned American History X, but I will say it didn’t carry the same weight. I don’t think it’ll be regarded as a cult classic the way that AHX is and has been. It’s currently sitting at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, and I think that’s an accurate approval rating, if not a little bit generous. If I had to rate it numerically, I’d give it at least a 75% based on Radcliffe’s performance alone.
I’m looking forward to more performances like this one from Daniel Radcliffe in the future!