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The Imitation Game movie review (by the Movie Slackers)

I honestly had never heard of Alan Turing before I watched The Imitation Game. I had no idea what he invented or its impact on society then and to this day. But after watching this film I will be reading a lot about him. What a fascinating person he was; weird, somewhat unlikable, a patriot to England.

At the start of World War 2, the Nazis had the Enigma machine and were able to send coded messages to their military without anyone being able to crack their coding machine. Turing was hired in with several others to try and crack it. He came up with the idea that it would take a machine to crack a machine.  Christopher, as he named it, was built at the expense of 100,000 Pounds at a time in England in which food, water and finances were short. England was under the constant threat of the Blitzkrieg by Nazi Germany. Constant nightly bombing raids by Germany had taken its toll on England, not to mention the constant sinking of supply ships being sent to England from around the world, with food and supplies, by German U-boats. England was in dire straits.

Turing was brilliant. His mind constantly thinking of numbers, equations, cyphers and such, he almost lived, breathed and existed solely on math. Christopher was his outlet along with the people, Turing worked with, including a woman, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley). The two become friends and are pretty much equals in intelligence. Joan has the sweet and fun personality to go along with her brilliant mind, but Turing was always a bit odd, socially. It is later revealed that Turing was in fact, a homosexual. At this time in England being an open homosexual was against the law, punishable by prison time or chemical injections to suppress the homosexual urges. This was to be the end for Turing.

The Imitation Game is a fascinating film. Smart, interesting and always engrossing. You are placed in the room with brilliant people and we get to see them work, and although that might sound boring, in this film, it never is. They are real people who we come to know and understand. They give up an awful lot but at a time when an awful lot was at stake. Graham Moore’s script (based on Andrew Hodge’s book) is a clever mix of statistics, intelligence and humor. Morten Tyldum, a Norwegian director, keeps The Imitation Game as entertaining as it is informative. You will feel sorry for Alan, who always was wrapped up in his own world of numbers. He was a lot of things, but most importantly he was a Patriot, he and his fellow mathematicians were responsible for saving countless lives, not just be cracking Enigma but for keeping the fact they cracked it, a secret. This brought about the end of World War 2

The Imitation Game has a tremendous cast and the acting is superb from Knightley’s sweet and kind, Clarke who loves Turing even though he is gay. Their relationship is warm and touching. The supporting cast is strong with Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong all turning in A+ performances.  I especially loved Alexandre Desplat’s Oscar nominated orchestral score which has been structured to sound almost like a part of Turing’s, Christopher, churning out code but it is beautiful to listen to. Desplat’s score is a character of the film as much as the characters, themselves, as you really get the sense that there was a lot at stake. The Imitation Game is a wonderfully thrilling film about people at their best, when times were at their worst.

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The Imitation Game is now available on Video and DVD.

The Imitation Game is Rated PG-13 for language and adult situations and has a run time of 114 minutes.

The Imitation Game movie review (by the Movie Slackers)