Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for...more
Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. less
“The Imitation Game is an utterly remarkable biopic boosted by some of the best performances of the year!”
‘The Imitation Game’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a genius mathematician who was responsible saving millions of lives in the World War II. An expert in cryptography since childhood, Turing designed a machine which could decrypt German codes which were considered impossible to crack. We’re told that had it not been for his work; the war would have lasted longer, resulting in many more deaths. The movie works within the familiar mould of biopics on geniuses. We’re given glimpses of his childhood, informing us how he came to learn the things that make him a prodigy now. In scenes where the drama centers on him solving seemingly impossible problems or designing the unprecedented machine, he’s always the one who knows the answers, always the first one to “get it”, and the camera often cuts to faces of his team members surprised at his cleverness. But in spite of doing very little to push the envelope, the movie only seldom feels clichéd. It thankfully doesn’t go for a hagiographic glorification of its protagonist, instead focusing on the curious complexities of the character that makes for fairly intriguing drama nonetheless, although one wishes that the filmmakers had done more with it. The reveal at the end, if I may call it that, lends a genuine emotional resonance to Turing’s story, who was driven to suicide because of the regressive laws in England back then. As a biopic about an interesting central character, ‘The Imitation Game’ feels a bit too typical to the genre; but bubbling under the surface is a surprisingly touching and complex story of a man whose likeliness to machines only makes him all the more human.