Movie Review – The Imitation Game (2014)
In this movie inspired by true events, mathematician Alan Turing is brought into the employ of the British forces to try and decode secret German messages and help turn the tide of war during WWII. However, as Turing works, his unorthodox approaches and different personality mean he will have a difficult time building a team and getting the support from leadership he needs to fully develop a potential solution through to conclusion.
This was a great film that provided a wonderful insight into secret activities that happened during WWII. The storyline focused on the activities of Turing and his colleagues during WWII, and while some artistic license may have been taken, the result overall is a fairly good portrayal of what some of the action looked like, well still giving the viewer a cinematically enjoyable experience.
It also highlighted some of the challenges of the time, and provided insight into how people who were different were treated. For example, Alan Turing’s personality was likely the result of autism, and because that was not acknowledged or diagnosed, Turing was never given support or understanding. Furthermore, the way Turing was treated post WWII, when his homosexuality was discovered, was both disturbing and cruel. The film did a nice job showcasing the sad realities of how society was when it came to mental illness and lgbt issues.
Acting in the film was fantastic, with Benedict Cumberbatch delivering a superb, powerful, and emotional performance in Alan Turing, and Keira Knightley portraying a sensible and smart Joan Clarke. Supporting cast members also did a fantastic job.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, eye-opening, and informative film into the actions by a group of people that helped turn the tide in WWII, and the unfortunate after effects that saw societal exclusion hurt one of the heroes post WWII.
Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.