Title: The Imitation Game (2014)
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore
Based on: Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Beard, and Charles Dance
Genres: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Running Time: 114 minutes
Languages: English, German
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material, and historical smoking
Production Companies: Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive
Distributed by: StudioCanal (United Kingdom), The Weinstein Company (United States)
In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma—which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyse Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.
The Imitation Game is such an awesome film! Truly. No wonder the film won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015. The film is really great. The story behind it just unbelievable. However, I am sorry Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t win the Oscar nor the Golden Globe. Not because he isn’t a good actor, believe me, he is a great actor, a very outstanding actor. Unfortunately, Cumberbatch’s competitor was Eddie Redmayne and his acting in The Theory of Everything (2014) was just too unbeatable, too great, too awesome, and too incredible. No wonder he won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Being Stephen Hawking is really challenging. You should see the film and you’ll know how great Eddie Redmayne is.
Anyway, I am not here to talk about Eddie Redmayne, I am here to talk about Benedict Cumberbatch and his film, The Imitation Game. So Benedict Cumberbatch played the role of Alan Turing who actually invented the first computer ever. He’s a clever man yet somehow lonely. It reminds me of another role that Cumberbatch played, which is Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock TV series. I think Benedict Cumberbatch really is suited for roles like that.
“I like solving problems, Commander. And Enigma is the most difficult problem in the world.” – Alan Turing
Basically, Alan Turing was a hero yet he wasn’t recognised as one. He saved so many lives yet no one knew about it. Some scenes made me nearly cry because Cumberbatch surely animated his role really well and the story is so touching, yet at the same time, it is really exciting and very intriguing. The way he let out his emotion like that made me nearly cry. His usual characters weren’t that emotional, so this time, when I saw Cumberbatch cried as Alan Turing, it’s truly remarkable. However, I am confused in some parts because they took the scene backwards and forwards. Only until I watched it twice that I understand what was going on. It’s a small flaw, so not a big deal. It doesn’t change the fact that The Imitation Game is a great film. Making a machine like that—the first computer ever—in that kind of era where technology has gone to a minimum, Turing is really a genius mathematician and computer scientist. I get the moral lesson from this film, which is in order to do a greater good and save more people, sometimes sacrifices must be done. All the methods they have done in the past was just great.
Aside from Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley also did a great job in this film. Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander also played his part well, not to mention he is very much good looking. They are such a great combination. The Imitation Game can blow your mind. It’s a great film, great story, great actors and actress. It is a complete package and I really like it. All in all, I really think The Imitation Game is worth to watch. No, actually it’s a must-watch film. It’s epic.
I give The Imitation Game 9 out of 10 stars.