Sunday Movie: ‘The Imitation Game’ (2014)

Last Wednesday I went to the cinema with a friend in order to celebrate the end of our exam period and we decided to watch ‘The Imitation Game’. One of the main reasons I wanted to watch this movie was, of course, Benedict Cumberbatch (who was utterly brilliant in this) but the entire movie itself proved to be a masterpiece as well.

‘The Imitation Game’ is set during the World War II and it centers around the attempts of Great Britain and the Allies to break the mysterious code which the Nazis used to communicate and transfer important messages and information among them, called the ‘Enigma’. This impossible-looking project is assigned to a mathematician, Alan Turing (played by Cumberbatch), who is a genius in his field, as well as in solving puzzles and decoding various secret messages.

The story alternates between past and present narratives, and so we have a more kaleidoscopic perspective of the events unfolding throughout the movie. The present narrative is set some years after the war and the entire Enigma project is presented as a narrated flashback. We also get to see some moments from Alan Turing’s early adolescent years, which aids considerably in gaining a better understanding of his character and how he came to be the person he was.
I don’t want to let out too much information on the film, as even the pettiest detail could take away the full enjoyment of this film, but I strongly recommend everyone to watch it. Apart from the main plot, this movie deals with a plethora of other (mostly social) issues, and it allows you to observe and contemplate how people in these years handled them, as some of them are quite shocking and rather disturbing.

The acting was exquisite and I could find no actor participating in the film that this wouldn’t apply to. Benedict Cumberbact was simply excellent in his role and his portrayal of Alan Turing certainly leaves you a long lasting impression. Keira Knightly was also brilliant in her role as Joan Clarke, the only woman participating in the project, as well as pretty much all the rest of the cast. The photography, the soundtrack and the ambience created were marvelous as well, as they captured the general environment and atmosphere of the era in the most brilliant way possible.

Since this movie is based on true events, the ending is, to say the least, realistic and greatly touching. It definitely is a thought-provoking movie, that has me thinking about it days after watching it. If you haven’t done so yet, I would highly recommend you to watch this movie.

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