Imitation Game (review)

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing  Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke  Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander Mark Strong as Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies Charles Dance as Cdr. Alastair Denniston Written by: Graham Moore  Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing
Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke
Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander
Mark Strong as Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies
Charles Dance as Cdr. Alastair Denniston
Written by: Graham Moore
Directed by: Morten Tyldum

 

Great Film about Unsung Hero!

The Enigma Machine was one of the most clever inventions in history. The Nazis used it to code their messages and for several years, it kept British intelligence dumbfounded. The Imitation Game was about the mathematician that cracked the code with a radical idea.  Alan Turing was the man who cracked the code but had a deep dark secret.  The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing and Keira Knightly as Joan Clarke, his fiancée.

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Alan Turing is a brilliant mathematician but is reclusive, awkward, and overly confident. He is recruited by the Royal Navy to crack the Enigma Machine used by the Germans in World War 2.  The leader of the team is Hugh Alexander and wants to crack the code traditionally. The problem is the Enigma Machine every 24 hours changes its code; therefore, any progress made on the encoded messages is useless after midnight. Turing’s radical idea is to create a machine that can crack the code. He is met with resistance but convinces Wiston Churchill to pressure Commander in charge to make Turing in charge of the team. Turing recruits Joan Clarke to help build his machine. The pair succeeds but success comes with a heavy price.

Film/ The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly lead this all star cast. The Imitation Game has great acting. Cumberbatch and Knightly show a range of emotions throughout the film.  Turing’s homosexual nature is shown through flashbacks but Cumberbatch succeeds in portraying Turing’s cocky attitude and socially awkward nature.  He really deserved the Oscar nomination that he receive.  Knightly also really deserved her nomination too. Her character is met with resistance because she is smarter than most men. She is a pioneer in a “Man’s World.”  Many people forget that not only women in the United States helped win the war against the Nazis but many women from different countries had triumphs too.  The Imitation Game is one of the most well acted films in 2014.  However, it’s screenwriter deserved that Academy Award which he won.

Graham Moore’s screenplay was on the Hollywood blacklist for a few years.  Black Bear Production finally financed the film.  Graham wrote a screenplay that told a dramatic emotionally story. He was executive producer on the film. The Imitation Game told Turning’s story through three different time periods.  The film starts Turning being arrested for homosexual conduct. He precedes to tell his story to the police commissioner in charge. The film cuts back to 1939 when Turning is hired to help crack the Enigma code.  Turning’s childhood is also explored with his first semi-homosexual relationship with his best friend from boarding school. Graham Moore didn’t only explore the homosexual theme but how often socially awkward people are picked on and ridicule by others.

The Imitation Game gets 4.5 out 5 stars from me.

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