Unlock the secret, win the war. 29 August 2014 Ratings: 8.2/10 from 190,543 users (IMDb)
There is something appropriately mechanical about The Imitation Game. It has a theatrical rhythm and attention to detail that ticks like a clock. That’s not to say that it’s necessarily overly dry and hard to connect to, this biopic of the extraordinary and tragic mathematician and inventor of the digital computer, Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is emotionally engaging and utterly endearing. With a slick exquisite script and an eclectic ensemble strong enough to deliver, it’s an accessible film that although may feel familiar, is thoroughly refreshing, bringing laughter, tears and thrills. It will undeniably be a huge contender at the big awards this season, perhaps going all the way.
Benedict Cumberbatch is the soul of the film. Armed with one of the most intelligent scripts of the year, he has managed to convey all the forces that lived inside a very special human being, Mr. Alan Turing. He was the man who for whatever circumstances, was able to understand the laws of logic, math, and strategy, in order to solve a riddle that would lead to saving many human lives and ending one of the worst catastrophes civilizations has endured.
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writers: Andrew Hodges (book), Graham Moore
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Trivia: Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge’s maternal grandmother used to work at Bletchley Park just like Alan Turing and his team of codebreakers.
Joan Clarke: Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.
Alan Turing: Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes… hollow.
Alan Turing: When people talk to each other, they never say what they mean.
Alan Turing: They say something else and you’re expected to just know what they mean.
Hugh Alexander: You know to pull off this irascible genius routine, one has to actually be a genius.
The Imitation Game is assertive and makes a serious claim as one of the best spy thrillers ever made. There are sub plots that all resonate and never feel forced. This will not only keep your tension level at a fever pitch but could leave you in tears to walk home with. It’s a complete realistic view at the spy game that stands as one of the best films of the year and a performance for the ages from Benedict Cumberbatch. A captivating achievement that I’ll likely remember for some time.