Directed By: Morten Tyldum
Runtime: 1 hr. 54 min.
During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of 'gross indecency', an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality - little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
This may come as a shock to most of you that know me, but computer genius I am not. I know, I know you're thinking "what?!". But alas, it's true. I can surf the web with the best of them, type like the wind, start and restart my computer but that's about it.
That said, the story of Alan Turing was both fascinating and amazing. I sure didn't know he was the first person to create a computer. Had no clue. But what a story this was! In a time when not his country, but the world needed a hero. He became that hero.
As eccentric and brilliant as he was, Alan Turing forges the way into an unknown field that ends up becoming something incredible. Amongst his colleagues Alan is the constant outcast, never fitting in and learning early on to keep people at a distance. The man was hurt on a fundamental level and living in a time when his sexuality was a crime, he could never be his true self.
Overall this movie was well thought out, written and directed in a vibrant color of times. Awesome musical score and acting from every single performance you see. Loved the whole thing and wanted to know more!
Getting 4 and 1/2 Sheep