Director: Morten Tyldum
Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Age Rating: 12A
Running Time: 114 Minutes
Morten Tyldum’s Oscar winner for Best Writing and Best Adapted Screenplay proved its worth last night. The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, a mathematical prodigy and legendary cryptanalyst, who assisted the British Secret Service during World War II, cracking the Nazis’ infamous enigma code which was deemed unbreakable by global allies.
Turing was a quiet and troubled man, appearing to have autistic tendencies throughout his life, and undoubtedly, a genius. He single-handedly invented a system to intuitively predict what will happen next through code and statistical analysis which today we consider to be computers.
Through working with a team of fellow code-breakers at Bletchley Park, home of the top-secret Code and Cypher School, including Joan Clarke who helped him cover up his homosexuality for several years, Turing managed to bring his machine “Christopher” to life, and in doing so, changed the course of the World War.
I have already given away more spoilers than I would usually like to on this relatively new film, so I will not say any more about the plot. However, what I can rightfully state is that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek into Darkness, Sherlock [TV Series]) excels in this award-winning feature. He was rightfully beaten to the crown of Best Actor by fellow brit Eddie Redmayne, for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’ (http://wp.me/p5ibIG-1L), but in another year, he could have easily scoped the prize from this performance.
It is a terrifically scripted film, with a great cast, including regular British drama contributors Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. The visual production is superb, giving the viewer a real feel for World War Britain, and how every second the team spent on their code-breaker, they were against the clock.
Overall it was an enlightening, tense and emotional experience which simply has to be watched.
Recommendation: Out now on Blu-Ray & DVD. Spend the extra and witness it on Blu-Ray, take it home, lights out, big screen, bowl of popcorn: Perfect!