The Imitation Game (2014) Review

Verdict: Compelling

A great story told through brilliant acting but a little confusing.


Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) works as cryptographer during WWII and sets out to break the Enigma code in which the Germans sent their messages through. Not one to work with others, he has a hard time getting along with his team consisting of: Hugh (Matthew Goode), John (Allen Leech), Peter (Matthew Beard) and Jack (James Northcote). Also in this is Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke, and Mark Strong as Stewart Menzies. Directed by Morten Tyldum.

Based on a true story, Turing is known as the man who broke the Engima code and saved years of more warfare. I hadn’t known of his story and the connection he had with the war before, but I had heard of his name. So based on my limited knowledge, I found this movie quite interesting and compelling. The Guardian has a different opinion that I find a good read, to see what they said click here.

With that said, I feel that the story was presented a little messily. It shows three points in time of Turing’s life and though the one of his childhood is easily distinguishable as the past, I did not follow that they were showing two other points in his life; the time when he was working on the code, and the present. Perhaps I wasn’t paying enough attention, but it really wasn’t clear. This could also be because the British tend to have more subtle ways (for example in their humour), thus their films are more subtle as well.

The acting was pretty brilliant. Benedict Cumberbatch whom I know from Sherlock but have never actually seen the show, was tremendous. His character is somewhat devoid of sympathy, and Cumberbatch shows that well, but at times when his character gets really emotional, that is when he was best. It was completely riveting. Knightley, Goode and Strong were great too. Strong has a natural talent to play a character that you cannot trust (not that he did in this movie), but his face just gives off that vibe. The chemistry between the characters were solid too.

Also, I did not really understand some parts of the film. The thing with the Enigma code and machine kind of flew past my head at times. It wasn’t that confusing but at the point of Eureka!, they were moving too fast for me to catch on. In addition, the conflict between Turing and John did not go into much detail and kind of just left it hanging.

Overall, this film was interesting with great portrayal, however some scenes were not made very clear.

To sum-up:
PROS: Acting, chemistry, interesting
CONS: Messy presentation, bit confusing, conflict left hanging

I give this a 7/10.

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