The Imitation Game (2014)
Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.
Great performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley in this historical drama bio on the scientist Alan Turing. Ably directed and the cinematography is also pretty good- this is a good watch. (Go if you like a well-made historical bio)
The Imitation Game is a drama about the efforts of Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) to break the Enigma Code, which plays a significant role in ending WWII.The Imitation Game has the elements to be a boring drama, with standard cliches and some story elements that feel rushed. Turing is portrayed as an autistic person, unable to work with a team and unable to have social relations. So of course a big part of the story is how he creates a relation with his team and future (ex) wife. Needless to say there are elements of betrayal. Such as Turing ending his relationship because he is gay. Sarcificing soldiers in order to protect their decoding success. And of course the spy who leaks to the Russians. All these parts are rushed and don't add to the story, partially because of historical inaccuracies.The reason why that doesn't bother the movie, and why I still rate it an 8 is for the simple fact that Benedict Cumberbatch is nothing short of brilliant. Rarely have I seen anyone playing such complex emotion in a person who is unable to emotionally connect. Cumberbatch acts with his body language, words, voice, eyes, stutter, and with compelling silences. Cumberbatch, and Cumberbatch alone is the reason why the movie becomes compelling and interesting from the start to the end.
It was interesting how he was overly intelligent with codes and patterns and was able to break various codes involving the war with England and Germany. I liked it, but not loved it. It was sometimes boring. I enjoyed the life of the main character more than the spy story.
Benedict Cumberbatch acts in a somber tale of love and consequences. It may not seem like that, but remove the wrapping paper, and it's right under your nose. The acting is truly brilliant. Benedict Cumberbatch truly performs in an Oscar winning manner. It's captivating from beginning to end.