In a Nutshell – A (loose) biopic following Alan Turing in cracking the Enigma machine
Film Grade - B -
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, and directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation game follows Mathematician Alan Turing as he works with a secret government team to decode the elusive Enigma Machine. Germany’s code machine with over 159, 000,000,000,000,000,000 possible combinations, with the code changing daily.
Whilst the film primarily revolves around Alan breaking the enigma machine, the film follows 3 time lines in Alan’s life, his time at school, his time at Bletchley during World War II with a code breaking unit, and the early 50′s when Turing was convicted for “Gross Indecency” .
Whilst not exactly an action packed film, and of course you know what the outcome will be, the film is still somewhat suspenseful, and you do find yourself hooked into the story in all 3 timelines.
Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job playing Turing, though given his experience with “Sherlock” this isn’t surprising, the characters are very similar so I’m sure Cumberbatch felt right at home. Keira Knightley was also very good as Turing’s “Love” interest Joan Clarke. Her overly well spoken nature seemed to feel right for the character’s “lay back and think of England” attitude. Charles Dance does his best Tywin Lannister as Commander Deniston, and the rest of the cast also put on a good show alongside the big names.
Whilst I really enjoyed the film, one thing that did disappoint me came after I had seen the film. Feeling inspired I researched Alan Turing somewhat and was sad to find there was actually a few historical inaccuracies. Whilst I appreciate some things will change for artistic licensing, I think the emotions of the story would still have been a strong if the facts had remain true.
As mentioned, I did really enjoy The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch was great, the story(ies) moved at a solid pace, and even Keira Knightley wasn’t too annoying. Unless you are a WWII or Alan Turing Superfan the historical inaccuracies won’t bother you, and whilst you know the destination, the journey is more than pleasant.