As some of you know, I am a computer professional. These days I operate in the realm of IT security and information management. In the past my career has included software engineering, database administration, general IT support, and so on. At university, while studying computing, I learnt about Alan Turing. Turing was a brilliant mathematician and went on to become one of the fathers of modern computing. Among other things he devised a test called the Turing test that is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.
Hence the title of the film – the Imitation Game. This said, the film was mostly about his work decrypting German intelligence codes for the British government during World War II.
My wife chose this film for us. I initially looked at its synopsis and thought that the story of a small group of men in a secret facility trying to break a code would make for a boring screen play. I was wrong once again. It was a very human movie. While the code-breaking plot was fascinating and all, the real emotional energy of the film revolved around Turing’s lack of social graces combined with his homosexuality. In 40s and 50s England neither was particularly acceptable by society.
Interestingly society’s bigotry is emphasised through Turing’s “partner” in the movie: Joan Clarke. Clarke is an intelligent, educated woman thrust out of recognised significance by society due to her gender. In Turing she finds a friend and colleague.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing perfectly. His performance as a human distanced from others was excellent. And Keira Knightley played a wonderfully capable and strong Joan Clarke.
The film has little violence, no swearing, and no sex.
I would give it a 9 out of 10 for story, acting and screenplay.
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