The Imitation Game
Man, machine, war hero or criminal?
Village Jam Factory, 01/01 10:45am
Running time: 114m
Country: United Kingdom
Classification: M (Mature themes)
Release date: 01/01/15
Cost: $10.00 (Village voucher)
Rating: 9/10 (ME 4/5, DP 5/5)
Set against developing a machine to crack Nazi codes, The Imitation Game is a complex story of ingenuity, suffering, denial and secrets. Chronologically the film jumps seamlessly between the events of the Second World War and protagonist Alan Turing's experiences as an adolescent in boarding school in the 1920s and how he is investigated for 'indecency' (homosexuality) in the 1950s. The film resists the temptation to get bogged down in complex mathematics and codes. The characters are fully developed, confronted by human decisions and forced to make unthinkable choices with heartbreaking consequences.
An amazing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch as awkward genius Alan Turing, both likeable and unlikeable at the same time, deserves a 'best actor' nomination at the Oscars. Keira Knightley's performance as Joan provided the bridge between Turing as gifted genius and flawed human. Visually the film transports the viewer to 1940s Britain with flawless design, costumes and props. Highly recommended. (ME)
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