Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
Director: Morten Tyldum
Length and Rating: 114 min. PG-13
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards this year is The Imitation Game. It tells the story of mathematician Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC Sherlock, Star Trek: Into Darkness), and his work trying to break the enigma code during WWII.
The film jumps back and forth in time between his life after the war and the period spent at Bletchley Park working on enigma. To obviously spare the audience, the movie does not do an in-depth analysis of the mathematical principles of cracking the code, but instead focuses on the man that did so and the relationships he made. One of the more important relationships he makes in the film is with former mathematician Joan Clarke, played by Kiera Knightly (Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean), the only woman at Bletchley working on enigma. It is through this relationship that the audience learns of Turing’s homosexually, which during this time of intolerance, did not hide nor make public.
With any movie that is based on actual events and people in history the air of surprise is gone. We obviously know that the team is successful in cracking the code but the movie excels in making the result moving and thought provoking. The film demonstrates the issue of what happens after the code is crack. They cannot save everybody, which brings up moral and ethical issues of how can you decide how one life more important than another.
Cumberbatch engages the audience with his performance as Turing. Between representing the man’s social awkwardness towards his co-workers at the beginning of the film to the end where the man is being persecuted by the country he saved due to his sexuality. Knightly is a great partner in the film playing a smart woman in a male dominated field, who is more interested in the work that she is doing at Bletchley than the societal pressure of getting married.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Now, if you wish you could have been normal… I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren’t.” – Joan Clarke (Kiera Knightly)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Achievement in Editing
Best Achievement in Production Design
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score