The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game (2014)

Director: Morten Tyldum
Writers: Andrew Hodges (book) and Graham Moore (screenplay)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode

Who can’t break social codes, that can perfectly deal with mathematical signs and unlock messages. Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a socially awkward man working in England in the years of World War II, who cracks the German’s famous and „unbreakable” naval code, Enigma.

Morten Tyldum’s film is said to be one of the greatest British movies of the year. The Imitation Game won several awards and is nominated for 8 categories of Oscars (such as Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and Best Achievement in Directing). And it can’t be a coincidence. The main topic of the film is Turing’s work and life (which is based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges), the man itself, but at the same time we are faced to current questions such as homosexuality or gender issues.

Benedict Cumberbatch forms a brilliant Turing character with all the emotional weaknesses, social interaction difficulties and unbeliavable fresh mind that we would refer to a mathematician-cryptanalyst genius. We feel and know Turing’s emotions but he just can’t let them out in an appropriate way. Joan Clark (Keira Knightley) is the steady friend and help that Mr. Turing could count on over the years of the war and work. However their relationship is more detailed and outstanding in the big screen than it was in real life – according to Hodges[1].

„Are you paying attention?” – the film begins with this question and exactly that was what I did. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen. The whole story can be easily followed but we meet some twists and unexpected dialogs of course. It’s exciting, emotional, comedic and really deep in some parts. Just as life. I really appreciated that I could laugh despite the fact that this story shows the hardest days in the war with all dreads and horror. Beside the acting, the visuality also helped me to stick my attention to the scenes: the costumes (Sammy Sheldon), the location in South-England, the meaningful close-ups and the music (Alexandre Desplat) created a flawless commixture.

I can highly recommend this movie for both of those who know and don’t know much about Alan Turing and his role in the World War II as a code breaker and for those who want to be engaged, entertained and touched for 1 hours and 54 minutes.

[1] http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/24/alan-turings-biographer-criticises-upcoming-biopic-for-downplaying-gay-identity/

Fanni Herman

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