The Imitation Game

Posted on December 25, 2014


The Imitation Game – In 1939, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) shows up at a British military office and volunteers himself to solve the “unbreakable” German code machine known as Enigma. They think he’s an arrogant, insufferable egotist, but it seems more likely he’s just factual. He’s brilliant with a one track mind and is completely literal. He soon realizes that only a machine can talk to another machine, and ends up inventing the computer. The story moves back and forth from 1939-40 to his teen years to 1951 when he’s arrested for public indecency and later imprisoned for being a homosexual.

That all sounds rather grim but this is done with that terribly droll British humor so that it’s very, very entertaining as well as informative. Cumberbatch is so believable with his stuttering, nervous mannerisms, and occasionally cute when he allows himself to experience a little bit of joy. Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke) is the lone female in the exceptional code-cracking team. It’s a wonderful movie.

Cumberbatch will definitely be at the awards shows. I’m thinking Best Actor will be a toss up between him and Eddie Redmayne.