Film Review: Imperial Blue

The spectre of the white Western traveller going to India on a voyage of self-discovery has become something of a cliché. Whilst people still backpack round the country to ‘find themselves’, it’s a distinctly different experience in the modern world. However, this idyllic vision of paradise can sour very quickly. Hedonism can easily traverse the boundaries of the law and it’s all too easy to find yourself in a spot of bother. This is the case in Dan Moss’ new film, Imperial Blue.

Hugo (Nicolas Fagerberg) is in a lot of trouble. After a deal goes wrong the young American finds himself in hock to a local gangster with no way of making repayment. In fear of his life and nowhere else to turn, his only hope is securing a supply of the strange and mythical Bulu, a blue powder which affords a user the power of foresight. He heads to Uganda and encounters Kisakye (Esther Tebandeke), a woman who needs his money in order to save her village from an unscrupulous pastor.

Imperial Blue is a cautionary journey into the darker side of life. From the mean streets of Mumbai to inner-city and remote Uganda, we’re treated to a vibrant mix of authentic sights and sounds. The beauty of the East African country is contrasted with the poverty, corruption and superstition which still abounds. It’s unusual to see the consequences of drugs from production to consumption. Whilst the pacing meanders slightly and the focus wavers, Imperial Blue is a heady descent into the heart of darkness.

Imperial Blue will be released Digitally in the UK on 18th January

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