The Imitation Game review

The Imitation Game review

By Sarah Colby on January 15th, 2015

 

The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathmatician Alan Turing, and Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke, is one of the best movies out this season. Director Morten Tyldum coupled with screenwriter Graham Moore creates a harmoniously thrilling and tragic movie.

unnamedA puzzling plot for a movie about puzzles, it follows the life of Alan Turing in his childhood, during his work during World War II, and the investigation that eventually leads to his conviction of being a homosexual. The movie follows the arrogant, socially awkward genius as he is hired to crack Enigma, the device that the Germans used to encrypt messages through WWII. The most standout line of the film, one that truly helps to define Turing, is “Sometimes, it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one imagines.”

            As a fan of Cumberbatch, this is by far one of, if not his best work to date.

Knightley shines in her role of Clarke, which is far different than most of the other characters she’s played.

This movie is not only interesting, but is a fair commentary of how the LGBT community was treated in the 20th century in Great Britain. He does amazing, top-secret work for the British military and the Allies, and yet is court ordered to either a medicinal treatment for his sexuality, or two to three years of jail time.

This is, by far, one of the best movies I’ve seen.