Verdict: 4 / 5
“Machines can never think as humans do but just because something thinks differently from you, does it mean it’s not thinking?” – Alan Turing
Alan Turing changed the way the world viewed technology in 1939. He truly was a man that marched to the beat of his own drum. The Imitation Game is a compelling drama that follows the story of intelligent cryptologists in Britain. During WWII the group of mathematicians at Bletchley Park worked alongside Alan Turning (Benedict Cumberbatch) to build a code-cracking device to decrypt Nazi messages sent by the infamous Enigma device. Despite the resistance from the British military, Turing became the pioneer of modern day computing.
Turing is depicted as arrogant and difficult to work with. Surprisingly when no one believes in his machine, he is put in charge by Winston Churchill to build the machine. He recruits new cryptologists to help him and that’s when he meets the lovely and intelligent Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley). Her deciphering maths skills earn her a spot on Turing’s team. She also develops a unique friendship with him. It’s evident that Turing admires her abilities. Because she is an unmarried woman, her parent’s demand that she quits and comes home. That’s when Turing proposes to her to keep her at Bletchley Park. Despite their fascinating relationship, Turing possesses a dark secret: he is a homosexual. This was illegal in Britain during the time and punishable by life in prison.
The Imitation Game is written so well and is highly entertaining from begin to end. The film takes you on a journey that is exciting but also remarkably sad. The only downfall was that it was difficult to follow the time hopping from one year to another in Turing’s life. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly both give world-class performances in this historical drama. It’s apparent that the cast are all passionate about Turing’s contribution to history. The music, locations, set-dressing and wardrobe were done brilliantly. I felt as though I was there in the flesh. The film shows great dedication to a man that achieved what the rest of the world thought would be impossible.