GenreDrama ScreenplayMalik Booth, Ismet Prcic CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) (Sundance) WriterIsmet Prcic, Malik Vitthal CastJohn Boyega (Bambi), Rotimi Akinosho (Wayne), Glenn Plummer (Uncle Shrimp), De'Aundre Bonds (Gideon), Keke Palmer (Samaara), Sufe Bradshaw (Detective Gill) Similar moviesHellion (2014), Ivory Tower (1998), The Warrior Class (2004), The Sergeant (1968), Body Shots (1999)
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Imperial Dreams is an American drama film written and directed by Malik Vitthal. The film had its world premiere at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014. It won the Audience Award at the festival. The film was released as a Netflix original film on February 3, 2017.
A 21-year-old reformed gangster Bambi's devotion to his family, particularly his son Daytone, and his family's future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his violent old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles. Themes include mass incarceration, the importance of education, racial profiling by police, and the many obstacles present in the system that prevents those interested in rehabilitation to survive when placed back in society. The title Imperial Dreams references a point in the movie where the nature of emperors of the projects is expounded upon.
John Boyega as Bambi
Rotimi Akinosho as Wayne
Keke Palmer as Samaara
Glenn Plummer as Uncle Shrimp
De'Aundre Bonds as Gideon
Sufe Bradshaw as Detective Gill
Jernard Burks as Cornell
Nora Zehetner as Janine
Anika Noni Rose as Miss Price
Maximiliano Hernández as Detective Hernandez
Imperial Dreams received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 91% of 11 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 7.3 out of 10.
Geoffrey Berkshire of Variety, in his review called the film "Bighearted yet surprisingly nuanced." Justin Lowe by his review for The Hollywood Reporter praised the film in calling it "An assured debut that stands to connect with a diverse audience." Chase Whale of Indiewire graded the film B+ by saying that "John Boyega first wowed audiences with his dynamite performance in Attack the Block. Once again playing the anti-hero, Imperial Dreams is another victory lap for this young actor, who's going to go on to do big, big things."