Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

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The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, one of the greatest minds in the field of mathematics, a logician and a code-breaker. A man who was integral in the Allies victory in the second world war and a man who is considered to be the father of the modern-day computer. Alan Turing was undoubtedly a British hero sadly he was not treated like one. Bringing Turning’s story to the big screen was always going to prove to be a tricky task considering the subject matter at hand. Luckily Norwegian director Morten Tydlum handles it perfectly crafting a film that is both compelling and frequently thrilling.

The film in particular concentrates on the second world war as Turing and his fellow mathematicians try to crack the impossible Nazi enigma code. Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightly, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance and Mark Strong, The Imitation Game is a slow burn of a thriller that succeeds at being both engrossing and highly entertaining. As Alan Turing Benedict Cumberbatch gives a towering performance. His complex and sensitive portrayal of Turing is riveting, a performance that is very similar to Russell Crowe’s performance in A Beautiful Mind. Kiera Knightly, Matthew Goode and Mark Strong offer strong support in their supporting capacity. Graham Moore’s tightly scripted screenplay keeps you interested at each turn while Alexandre Desplat’s wonderful score captures the mood perfectly.


The Imitation Game is essentially a movie about a group of people who must solve an unsolvable puzzle. It’s a look at the people who fought the war behind the scenes. Another reason why the film succeeds so well is because it perfectly meshes both the biopic element and the espionage thriller element perfectly. Tydlum’s concentration remains on breaking the code more than Turing’s life. Perhaps, this is the reason the movie highly entertaining as well as thrilling.

In, conclusion, The Imitation Game is a gripping and thrilling movie about one of Britain’s greatest heroes that succeeds thanks to Morten Tydlum’s steady direction, Graham Moore’s tightly scripted screenplay and a career best performance from Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.




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