The Imitation Game – Review

Seems as of late, Benedict Cumberbatch has been surrounded by well produced films. With pleasure, I had the chance to see his latest, The Imitation Game. The film is nothing short of excellent and should receive nominations for many awards. Once the credits started rolling, I heard several positive comments amongst the viewers as they exited. I too, have nothing bad to say which will reflect in this review.

The Imitation Game is based on true events following the brilliant mathematician and legendary cryptanalyst, Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) and his code-breaking team. As they race against time, Turning and his team work around the clock at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School in Bletchley Park, to crack  the impossible enigma code of the German Army during World War II. The German enigma code carried vital information and the key to survival for the fate of the world, rest in the hands of these sharp minded individuals, leaving the audience in a nail-biting thriller. The task would be no easy feat. Working for the British Army, Turing was faced with an abrasive Commander named Denniston (Charles Dance), who constantly required proof of progress. Turing also carried a dark and lonely childhood history with his struggles to find success. To help with this burden, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightly) aided Turing in his work and emotional roller coaster.

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Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game was beautifully crafted and left quite a surprised impression on me. Cumberbatch had an outstanding performance. Sure, to be completely honest, I did have a moment during the film where I thought a cypher code was going to come back saying, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!” – The Christmas Story. But of course, this never happened and everything turned out great. There are very sad moments during this film, questioning humanity’s thought process on how individuals are treated and I’m not just referring to the Germans. The lack of recognition Alan Turing should have been given during his time and the fact he never got to see the appreciation, is disappointing. This man paved the way for what many of us use everyday… our computers.

Make sure you go see this film, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you, Mr. Turing.

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