Director: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
The Imitation Game is an insightful biopic which explores the main aspects of Alan Turing's life, an English mathematician and logician whose work in cryptanalysis and his invention of the 'Turing Machine' resulted in the allies winning World War II.
Working for a top secret organisation with a group of equally intelligent analysts he decoded German Naval Communications (known as 'breaking the enigma code') which ended the war two years earlier and spared millions of lives.
The film delves into Turing's tortured years at boarding school as his homosexuality was emerging, to his later years as he secretly became a hero through his work and his eventual downfall owing to his homosexuality. Cumberbatch is brilliant as Turing, a man who was struggling with his identity in an era when homosexuals were prosecuted and charged with 'gross indecency'.
The script swings from humorous to emotionally draining, as the film progresses through the high and low points of his life. Clever editing as the story moves backward and forward in the different periods in Turing’s life gives the film an added sharpness and the archive footage is also effective.
The Imitation Game is an inspiring film about an incredible man who pioneered computers and inevitably took his life at a young age owing to prejudice. The best British movie is recent years. JAKE