Verdict: Pretty powerful
Great acting, suspense, and storytelling.
Nate Foster (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself appalled at the current situation of domestic terrorism that exists in his community. Recruited by Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette), he decides to go undercover as a skinhead to figure out what the group has in store next. As part of the group, he meets Vince (Pawel Szajda), Dallas Wolf (Tracy Letts), Gerry (Sam Trammwell), and Andrew (Chris Sullivan) among others. He is surprised to find that some of them live normal lives as part of a family home. But, will they discover his true identity before he can uncover their plans? Directed by Daniel Ragussis.
At first glance, Daniel Radcliffe does not seem to be a good fit for the role of a neo-Nazi skinhead. And that’s true. However, his character is actually one that is undercover, and he plays his main role as an FBI geek well. As the movie goes on, I couldn’t help but wonder that Radcliffe has done a good job at distancing himself from his Potter days. By taking on roles in a variety of genres, he has shown himself as a serious and versatile actor.
The rest of the cast did well in their roles as well. Collette and Nestor Carbonell (who plays FBI Hernandez, Foster’s superior), do a good job at playing out the office politics and displaying how delicate a situation Foster is in. As well, the skin-head actors were very believable in their roles.
The unique thing about this film, is that along with the perspective of the protagonist, we are shown the way these Neo-Nazis think. As Foster is made to connect with them, so are we as the audience. While they are violent and obtrusive, they are ultimately fighting for a cause they believe in. Through great directing and acting, this film has managed to show insight into how these groups are formed and how they keep going.
However, it does get a little slow at times, because the film places emphasis on the intellectual part, and has a lot of ‘waiting it out’ scenes. As well, the ending scene is a little abrupt.
Overall, a film that gets you thinking while on the edge of your seat.
PROS: Acting, directing, story-telling
CONS: Slow at times, abrupt ending
I give this a 7/10.
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