The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, directed by Morten Tyldum, is an Academy Award nominated film about computer pioneer Alan Turing. Turing was hired by the British Secret Service to help crack the Nazi communication codes which would assure success for the allied forces. Alan comes up with the idea to create a machine that would constantly decrypt the German codes and the film is largely about the trials and tribulations he went through to get his machine built. The movie is also about how Alan Turing has to hide his homosexuality from both his fiance and the organization he works for. If discovered, Turing would face servere punishment; homosexuality was illegal at the time and was punishable by imprisonment and chemical castration.
This film, in my opinion, is one of the best war films I have ever seen. Cumberbatch gives an amazing performance as a good-intentioned, yet condescending, socially detached genius. Keira Knightley also gives an impressive and emotional performance as Turing’s fiance and co-worker. All the other actors perform emphatically. This film focuses on personal battles that rage at home, and unrecognized heroes of war. This motion picture also does a fantastic job of spotlighting the injustices committed against homosexuals not too long ago. It is disturbing to watch Turing ultimately crushed by the government he helps save. I must warn you that this movie is relatively depressing, with the main character suffering most. However, the screenplay is well written and thus a very entertaining movie that’s definitely worth your time.
I am going to give The Imitation Game an A+. I would also like to mention my favorite aspect of this film: the moral dilemmas presented. [WARNING: Spoiler Alert]. For example, Turing decodes a message providing information about a ship full of innocent people that is about to be blown up by the Germans. If he prevents the attack, the Nazis will know that he has decoded the message and will change their code, making all of Turing’s work meaningless. Thus, in order to win the war, Turing and his companions must allow many innocent people to die. If you find scenarios such as this interesting, you will enjoy this motion picture.
By Sam Finbury