Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the unsung hero of World War II Alan Turing, a computer genius who smashed the German’s enigma codes to help the allies gain an upper hand in the war…
Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is at once a powerful celebration of an unsung World War II hero and a damning indictment of an archaic British law that shackled computer scientist Alan Turing’s own freedom despite an unwavering determination through his work to ensure everyone else had access to such a basic human right. Tyldum’s assured drama confidently focuses on a pivotal few months in the life of the British computer genius as his work at Bletchley Park in the 1940s, as part of the British Government’s intelligence gathering operations, found and exploited flaws in the German Enigma machine.
Turing’s method of decrypting coded German messages was instrumental in the allies gaining an upper hand in the war, yet despite both his willing and his capability, he was an introvert who preferred his own company, which brought unwarranted conflict with his peers and the hierarchy that demanded results. Through Graham Moore’s terrific screenplay and Benedict Cumberbatch’s strong central performance, Turing’s quiet battle with a society that wasn’t ready to accept him, and other homosexuals like him, poses an enigmatic conundrum of its own: just what freedoms is this fight for? But most satisfyingly is how one of society’s outsiders, indeed one shunned by so many during the years in which Turing lived, becomes its hero. That the hero in this case, even today, remains largely unsung, is perhaps just as Turing would like it.
Written by Daniel Stephens
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Written by: Graham Moore
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Mark Strong
Released: 2014 / Genre: Drama/War
Country: USA / IMDB
The Imitation Game will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on March 9th.