“Imitation Game” is the incredible true life story behind British cryptanalyst Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his brilliant team attempting to break the Nazi encryption codes during WWII. If nerds have become today’s movie heroes, “Benebatch,” as he is sometimes called, is the newly crowned grand master.
This story is based on the book by Andrew Hodges. But, ever since rookie screenwriter Graham Moore was 14 going to space camps, he had wanted to write a film about Turing. Winston Churchill had once said Turing made the single greatest contribution in Britain’s war effort, but this story is unexpectedly even bigger than that.
Keira Knightly and Matthew Goode, both friends of Cumberbatch, co-star as fellow workers Joan Clarke and Hugh Alexander. They must endure Turing’s quirky behavior as they race against time. This is an intelligent story about the war, but also an effective message about personal persecution. Cumberbatch confessed that in one of the final scenes of the film he couldn’t stop crying from living Turing’s circumstances.
“Imitation Game” is 114 minutes and rated PG-13 for sexual references. Although it is not billed as a comedy, surprisingly, there is more genuine humor than most movies this past year. Turing’s role toward the advent of modern day computing demonstrates that necessity is the mother of invention. Joan Clarke may have said it best, “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.
Joan Clarke may have said it best, “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.