The Imitation Game - Movie Review

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game  - Movie Review

The Imitation Game is a brilliant film about an extraordinary man. Alan Turning was a uniquely important man who unfortunately had a very short and tragic life. The film, however, is not merely about the drama in his life, it’s some kind of celebration of his work and existence.

It gives us a glimpse of what he was like and what the world was like at the time as well as how important men like Turning struggled to find liberty and a place to fit in.

Morten Tyldum who’s a Norwegian director created a beautifully simple masterpiece that revolves around Turning’s complicated personality. Alan Turning was one of the very first geniuses that built what he called “The Universal Machine” and what today we call a computer.

This machine was initially used to help Britain defeat Germany by breaking the Nazi Enigma Code.  The script was written by Graham Moore which means the plot and storylines were perfectly synced together to create a beautiful film.

It starts with a military commander approaching Turning, Benedict Cumberbatch, to join a small team that he put together which includes the best mathematicians and scientists in the world at that time to try and break the Enigma code and understand the encrypted messages the Germans send to plan out their war missions. Benedict played the social awkwardness in an introvert's personality perfectly.

From the moment the film starts you understand that this brilliant man is hiding from a world where he doesn’t seem to feel like he fits in.

Joan Clarke, Keira Knightley, succeeds in becoming a part of his team by solving crosswords and complicated equations that impresses him. This leads to them becoming very close, both emotionally and personally.

For a while, throughout the film, we feel like they could fall in love only to discover that he is not interested in her at all.

The story covers three main directions in Turning’s life, how his role in the war was kept as a secret, how he was under investigation for being a Soviet spy and how he frames someone else for it and how he struggled to communicate with the machine until it became a part of him, like a friend.

Throughout the struggle, Turning remembers his school friend “Christopher” and how he fell in love with him which leads to showing the struggle of homosexuality and political struggles that were beginning to take place in the world at that time. It’s a beautiful film that is definitely worth the watch.

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