Monday, 17 November 2014

The Imitation Game (3/5, Regular)

Those who studied computer science heard of Alan Turing, a mathematician genius who was able to crack a secret-code during World War II. The film tells us his story.

World War II was breaking and the British wanted to break a German secret-code called Enigma. For it, the British Government will hire mathematicians of the highest reputation. Amongst them, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). However this working group of geniuses have a hard time dealing with the eccentric and arrogant Turing. He proposes to build a machine that would be able to break the code and therefore, save millions of lives. 

The acting is, by far, what is the more valuable in this movie. Cumberbatch is calling Hollywood for handing him an Oscar. Despite the arrogant character, he also embodies someone that carries secrets that cannot be revealed. One of them is his homosexuality. In a intolerant society regarding homosexuality, he hides in his genius to protect himself from a hard world. Cumberbatch understood that and takes the film on his shoulders. 

Regarding the script, mathematicians and computer scientists would shout out at the sky because it simplifies many complex theories and ideas. However this helps the film to gain rhythm and to explore other facettes of Turing's character. For once, Keira Knightley is quite convincing as Joan Clarke, Turing's closest friend and the chemistry between the two actors shines in the screen. The story is pretty simple, entertaining and has a glimpse of morality regarding tolerance of diversity. Such a kitsch topic but one that is necessary to repeat to ourselves. 

A film that won't leave a trace in the mind of people but will, however, leave something to the mind of the viewer during its 2 hours length. For us, it is like a good souvenir.


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