Want to see a movie that tells a great story? The Imitation Game might just be one you want to check out. During WWII, Britain needed some help in the war. They were looking for someone who could figure out how to solve the Enigma Code and give them a huge advantage in the war. Very smart and sarcastic mathematician, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) thought he would give it a try. This was a very secret project that him and a few other men were trying to solve. If they could crack the German Enigma Code, they would definitely now have a huge advantage in the war. Turing is a man who is not well liked by many of the people around him. He does most of this to himself by the way he talks to people. Turing was also a closet homosexual, but no one really knew about this. He did share everything with one person and that was a woman that he became very close with named Joan Clarke (Kiera Knightley). Turing develops a great friendship with Ms. Clarke that could possibly turn into something more as the movie goes on. Turing will do whatever it takes to crack this Enigma Code. This is something that is certain!
The Imitation Game is directed by Morten Tyldum. Tyldum gives us a great history lesson here with how “Christopher” figured out how to crack the Enigma Code. Turing was building a machine that he referred to as “Christopher.” This machine is the reason why Turing was able to crack the Enigma. Skipping back and forth between time periods, The Imitation Game tells us the story of Turing’s developmental school years, his work on cracking the Nazi Enigma Code, and his later persecution for being a homosexual, which was illegal in the UK back then.
Turing is portrayed as almost having an Asperger kind of disease throughout the movie. Most of the film takes place during the years when he was trying to crack the Enigma. He faced many struggles in trying to crack the code. This was the most important thing in his life. The performance that Cumberbatch gives is something that definitely dominates most of the film, if not all of it. He gave the performance of his career playing Turing and is well deserved of the Oscar nomination. Kiera Knightley also deserves some recognition for her fantastic performance as Joan Clarke. She also is nominated for an Oscar this year.
The Imitation Game is a film that gives us many interesting elements of a plot that goes back and forth between different things. This film is one that came out at exactly the right time. This is a Best Picture Nominee and though it may not be the winner, The Imitation Game is a definitely a movie you want to see. It is a very interesting story that is well told.
Overall, The Imitation Game may run into its problems here and there, but the excellent performance by Cumberbatch is what keeps this film going.
Grade= B (Good)