Sunday, 16 November 2014

#78 THE IMITATION GAME

#78 THE IMITATION GAME

Starring Benedict Cummberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Mathew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnea and, Allen Leach.

Written by Graham Moore and directed by Morten Tyldum. 114 minutes long.

The true story of how Alan Turing and a hand-picked group of geniuses broke the Enigma code and in the process saved approximately 14 million lives and shaved two years of the Second World War. The moment when Turing realises the final missing piece of the puzzle to make his incredible machine work, is breathtakingly exhilarating.

It's staggering to think that the five men and one woman featured in this film, weren't rewarded by a grateful government for their work but just sent home to their normal lives and expected to never mention the part they played in defeating Hitler. Turing in particular, the father of the modern computer deserved to have been lauded each and every day for the rest of his life not chemically castrated and driven to suicide at the age of 41, to think of what else he might have created is tragic.

With beautifully nuanced performances all round, skilled direction and a wonderful script this was a deeply satisfying and magnificent film that was gripping, thrilling, poignant, utterly engrossing and superb from start to finish. I loved it.

It was also wonderful to see that the cinema for this 15.20 performance on a Sunday afternoon was packed! This is a film that deserves to be seen and it's praises sung.

9/10

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