The Imitation Game – An incredible movie that deserves your full attention
The screenwriter, Graham Moore, said that it was really difficult to be accurate about the story because most of the records of Turing’s work for the British Intelligence were destroyed after World War II.
Should I see it?
Even if the setting is during World War II, this movie doesn’t have action, it has a slow pace, but for those who are willing to sit through it, you won’t be disappointed.
Directed by Morten Tyldum
Released on December 25, 2014
Running Time: 114 minutes
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong
Review – 8.7/10
The life of mathematician Alan Turing and how he tries to crack the Enigma Code during the World War II.
The movie takes place during many periods of the life of Alan Turing, we see him as a young boy in school and how he begin to be fascinated with the codes and enigma, how he came to work for the government in a secret team to try to crack the Enigma Code, the code the Nazi used during the war to communicate between them without the allies knowing what was said, and we see him after the War. Every aspects of Turing life shown in the movie is interesting, well played and has significance. It makes you learn in a so well directed movie what Turing went through in his life. We go back and forth in his life, from 1928 to 1952, but the way it was directed, nothing is confusing, even when the story goes back in time, all is so well done that you are just captivated by every periods of Turing’s life. The script is a masterpiece! The mood is often somber and tense, but they were great lines put at the right place that makes you laugh heartily. Touring was, like many geniuses of his kind, socially awkward. He may not have been the most liked man at the beginning, but with some help he realize what needed to be done to have himself respected by his colleagues, even with his differences. If you have read the biography about Turing, you will notice that they changed some parts for the movie, maybe that will be something that will bug you, for me it was mostly the only downside of the movie. The story was incredibly well written, but still it doesn’t overstep the fact that when I see a movie based on a true story, I like to see that it’s accurate to the original story.
Benedict Cumberbatch is absolutely incredible in the role of Alan Turing, you feel everything he feels. Even if nobody can really know what Turing was going through it’s nearly as if you can understand it and put yourself in his place for two hours. Kiera Knightley also did a marvelous job, she demonstrate many times over the years that she has what it takes to be a great actress, and she demonstrated that again in The Imitation Game.
It’s a movie that will make you think about war, about life, about justice, about adversity for being different, and about how one thing can change your life for the better or for the worst.
It has been nominated for 5 Golden Globes, Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. The nominees for the Academy Award are not out yet, but with the quality of this movie, it’s safe to say that more nomination will come!
The Imitation Game is one of my favorite movie of 2014. Everything was so well done, from the actors, to the script, to the score, it was an experience to see even if it didn’t have action. To actually see what happen to crack the Enigma Code, how for over 50 years it was a secret that nobody knew except few people, not even Churchill knew of the existence of a special team put together to try to do the impossible, it was an incredible two hours at the theater.