The Imitation Game
5 / 5
Powerful, fascinating and utterly outstanding.
The incredible and true story of Alan Turing, an unbelievable man who cracked the impossible Enigma machine and shortened the war by at least 2 years and saved 14 million lives. In The Imitation Game, his life is explored more deeply, and Benedict Cumberbatch plays an Oscar-winning performance as the lead.
With a plethora of talented supporting actors consisting of: Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Downton’s Allen Leech. All of their characters recognise the colossal ability of Turing, who uses his mathematician’s abilities, logical thinking and his scientific calculations as he and his team at Bletchley Park attempt to decipher the uncrackable German communications machine. The Enigma.
The film deftly flicks between his childhood, wartime and his present which was 1951 as he is being interviewed by the police concerning his illegal homosexuality. Turing’s childhood is depicted in such an effective way, because the experiences that he had as a child at the boarding school attended had an effect on him throughout his life and work. His friendship with Christopher defined his work and also influenced his sexuality which caused some implications later in life.
Cumberbatch is exemplary as the brilliant, talented, socially awkward and honest Alan Turing. He is brilliant throughout the entire film, but I particularly felt that the scene where The Enigma is finally cracked to be just pure brilliance. And, he has dramatically adept when conveying the effects of the medication that he has been forced to take. There are many other great scenes involving Cumberbatch and his fellow cast members, in particularly the dry British humour that is at its finest when Dance’s and Strong’s characters try to control Turing while at Bletchley Park.
This is a great film which I feel will win awards at the BAFTA’s, Golden Globes and Oscars, with Cumberbatch and Knightley definitely getting nominations. Alan Turing’s story doesn’t get told much when recounting the events of the Second World War, but he was one of, if not the most important person in securing victory and an end to the war.