The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game is a film based – loosely – on the life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician (and eccentric character) who was central to the British WW2r effort to break the German Enigma code. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing – with a wonderful acting performance, backed up by the impressive Keira Knightley, and others. For example, I thought Charles Dance was perfect in the role as the establishment officer, and Mark Strong is equally good as the MI6 man. Roy Kinnear – so much like his dad – is good, though his role is a bit clunky. I suspect the editing there was less than the best it could have been.

The story is interesting – but hopelessly inaccurate, so do not take it as history, please – and there were very few dull moments. However, some of the cinematography is poor by modern standards. For example, the blitz scenes showing daylight damage are so obviously fake – the background shakes! – that I wonder why they bothered.

Overall, well worth seeing, provided you see it as entertainment.

Incidentally, apparently the film screenplay is by Graham Moore and based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.  The book gets rave reviews and seems to be genuine history and biography.