THE IMITATION GAME follows the story of Alan
brilliant mathematician, cryptoanalyst, and father of the computer. It
is a remarkable and tragic tale where the
movie focuses on his time in boarding school in 1928, his time during World War
II at Bletchley Hall where he created the first computer to crack the Nazi’s
Enigma Machine code, and a robbery in 1952 which lead me being persecuted for
being homosexual (back in the days where it was seen as gross indecency with
the option of either jail or chemical castration). Benedict Cumberbatch
is fantastic in the
role of Alan Turing and displays the isolated loner personality where he really
didn’t know how to interact with people that well- an outsider with a mind that
goes places where no one else can imagine.
His new friend during the World War 2 years is a smart independent
working woman Joanna Clarke (Keira Knightley) who he even becomes engaged to.
THE IMITATION GAME has a great cast, a quiet
aloof performance by Benedict Cumberbatch who nails his role perfectly as
Turing, and Knightley is a good counterpoint to Cumberbatch’s Turing where you
almost believe they could fall in love.
The back and forth nature of the story is a little off putting at first
because I would have been fine to have THE IMITATION GAME deal with the World
War 2 years of Alan Turing. The movie
does have lot of historical inaccuracies and it seems not to portray Turing
correctly, but it does give a good tale and hopefully inspire people to read
about the actual Alan Turing.
Audio commentary by director Morten Tyldum and
Two deleted scenes including the original ending
THE MAKING OF THE IMITATION GAME is a promotional
has interviews with cast, crew, and experts on Alan Turing.
The better way to learn about the movie is through
commentary and the 30 minutes of Q&A Highlights with the filmmakers, the
editor, production designer, costume designer, and even Benedict Cumberbatch
and Keira Knightley.
Also included is a code to download and stream
a Digital HD
Ultraviolet copy of the movie.
IMITATION GAME is a great tragic story about the intelligent outsider/ war hero
Alan Turing (despite all of the historical inaccuracies for dramatic license). It
is a one of the best movies of 2014 by a
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