114 min - Biography | Drama | Thriller
Review: Matt Mungle
There is little doubt that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the
best actors of late. He is focused on his characters and gives
all he has to make sure the roles deliver. He is so excellent
in his performance on the BBC series SHERLOCK that it only made
sense that he bring the true story of Alan Turing to life in THE
IMITATION GAME. Mainly due to the fact that both persons are socially
awkward and have little or no filter.
The movie is set in the middle of World War II and the Germans
have a machine they use to create code words that relay instructions
for military missions. It is called the Enigma. If the Allies
could only break the code they could easily end the war. Enter
Allan Turing (Cumberbatch). A mathematician and logician who is
as brilliant as he is annoying to work with.He has a plan to break
the code but only by his rules. He creates a crack pot team which
includes Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) and Hugh Alexander (Matthew
Goode). The clock is ticking, literally.
There are some interesting side plots to this movie. Alan Turing
was a gay man in a time when you could be arrested for such actions.
He had to hide his sexual preferences from those he worked the
closest with . This aspect of the film never over shadows the
real thrills that was breaking the Enigma code. With pressure
from the British government and the Germans getting closer to
victory he has to prove his theory will work.
Cumberbatch is perfect in his performance but many might say
that is because it very much resembles Sherlock. The way his mind
works, the way he says things that are insulting but to him are
just fact, and his ability to focus so intently on something that
all else fades away. The supporting cast work well together and
no one stands out as better or worse. They give what you would
expect to receive.The history lesson in this film is also a good
reason to see it. It was such a pivotal part of WWII and the Enigma
machine is intriguing.
THE IMITATION GAME is rated PG-13 for some sexual references,
mature thematic material and historical smoking. Anyone under
13 would be bored to tears so don't even bother wondering if they
can see it. It is a decent date night film or for a group outing.
The film is devoid of any crude elements or anything that would
offend. It is a solid film that tells a unique story based around
a very fascinating individual.