January 22, 2015

Cinemascope: The Imitation Game

Cinemascope is a regular blog post where I will share with you movies and TV shows I think are worth watching.

Released in 2014.

Plot line: 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 is one of the few movies that I was excited enough to go see in the theaters. I knew a bit about Alan Turing's achievements, but did not know much about the man, and this movie helps shed some light on the man and his work. Granted, the movie glosses over the technical stuff, which I for one am really interested in, and does not really explore Turing's sexuality, but overall, I really enjoyed it. A movie for adults with really wonderful performances by the actors. I plan on picking up a biography on the man in the near future.

You can see the trailer here. If you have yet to see it, this is a movie worth watching.

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