“The Imitation Game” is lively, thrilling and poignant. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the code during World War II. Read on for further details.
“The Imitation Game” Synopsis:
“The Imitation Game” begins with the line, “Are you paying attention?” as Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is interrogated by a policeman on charges of gross indecency for allegedly having an affair with a 19-year-old man. The movie then backtracks to 1939 and introduces the young Turing who applies for and lands a top-secret post-decrypting the Enigma (machine used by the Nazis to encode tactical maneuvers).
As Turing works on cracking the code, he seemingly finds a hard time fitting in and working with other people such as two-time chess champion Hugh Alexander (Matthew Goode). He constantly clashes ideas with the Commander Deniston (Charles Dance) and MI6 head Stewart Menzies (Mark Strong). Because of this, Turing was not chosen as the team’s leader and became second-in-command next to Alexander. Turing then writes a letter and appeals his case to Winston Churchill, who immediately responds and puts him in charge. Turing then holds a test to recruit new members in his team and becomes impressed with Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), a crossword whiz.
Clarke becomes the only person Turing talks to and their relationship (personal and professional) becomes more of a secret.
Two years after, Turing finally breaks the code, but Menzies insists that they must keep the decrypted code confidential to prevent the Germans from changing their code. Turing then lands with the ultimate decision of who dies and who lives.
“The Imitation Game” Review:
The “The Imitation Game” is a wonderful depiction of the achievements and tragic ending of the life of Alan Turing. The movie is shown in three distinct periods: his schooldays (wherein we briefly glimpse at the time when he was crushing on a boy named Christopher), his time at Bletchley park (a top-secret facility), and the time when the police interrogated him.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Turing, for which many critics praised him for a wonderful portrayal and execution of emotions.
“Cumberbatch invests himself so fully in the role that the scenes transcend their attendant clichés. His Turing is a marvel to watch,” said Scott Foundas of Variety.
“Benedict Cumberbatch is cornering the market on playing exceptionally brilliant problem solvers,” said Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Imitation Game” scored 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer.
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Director: Morten Tyldum
Screeenwriter: Graham Moore
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Allan Leech, Mark Strong
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Fat Les