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The Imitation Game

  • Drama
  • War
  • 2014
  • Morten Tyldum
  • 109 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Wartime thriller based on a true story, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Scientist and mathematician Alan Turing arrives at Bletchley Park, Britain's codebreaking HQ, and sets about recruiting a team to crack the Germans' "unbreakable" Enigma Code.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Benedict Cumberbatch gives an outstanding, Oscar-nominated performance here as Alan Turing, the genius cryptographer who cracked the infamous Enigma code during the Second World War. The film explores Turing's 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 Morten Tyldum's direction ensures it's an absorbing journey throughout. Cumberbatch has fine sparring partners in Charles Dance, as Turing's superior, and Keira Knightley as his confidante and fiancée, Joan Clarke. As well as a thrilling piece of cinema, The Imitation Game fascinates as it delves into the mind of a brilliant but unfairly treated war hero who should never be forgotten.

Credits

Cast

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Alan TuringBenedict Cumberbatch
Joan ClarkeKeira Knightley
Hugh AlexanderMatthew Goode
Detective Robert NockRory Kinnear
John CairncrossAllen Leech
Peter HiltonMatthew Beard
Commander DennistonCharles Dance
Stewart MenziesMark Strong
HelenTuppence Middleton
Supt SmithSteven Waddington

Crew

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DirectorMorten Tyldum

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2014-11-14
Languages
English | German
Guidance
edited for content
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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