The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum (2014)

109min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Headhunters director Morten Tyldum here takes on the important story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the genius cryptographer who cracked the infamous Enigma code during the Second World War. The film explores his methods, his clashes with colleagues and his homosexuality, which was illegal in Britain at the time and had much to do with the tragic end to his life. The subject matter is potentially dry (particularly as much of the movie is set in a shed) but Tyldum's direction ensures it's an absorbing journey throughout. While the script doesn't allow much exploration of Turing's sexuality, Cumberbatch is outstanding and delivers a career-best performance, betraying his character's innermost feelings through delicate inflections. He also has fine sparring partners in Charles Dance (as Turing's superior), and Keira Knightley as his confidante and fiancée. Fascinating and thrilling, The Imitation Game keeps you gripped by always offering a reminder of what's at stake, as well as exploring the mind of a brilliant but unfairly treated war hero who should never be forgotten.

Summary

Biopic of mathematician Alan Turing, whose work during the Second World War translated seemingly unbreakable Nazi codes as well as pioneering the development of computer technology. In the years following the war, his life would be destroyed as his homosexuality was discovered, leaving him facing criminal charges. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Charles Dance.

Cast & Crew

Alan Turing Benedict Cumberbatch
Joan Clarke Keira Knightley
Hugh Alexander Matthew Goode
Detective Robert Nock Rory Kinnear
John Cairncross Allen Leech
Peter Hilton Matthew Beard
Commander Denniston Charles Dance
Stewart Menzies Mark Strong
Helen Tuppence Middleton
Supt Smith Steven Waddington
Director Morten Tyldum
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Sexual references. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Nov 2014
Drama