Here’s a true story of code breaking if I ever I saw one! Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a heart pumping performance that is sure to leave you riveted! Make sure you can stomach the non-layman terms his character uses though.
Movie Title: The Imitation Game
US Release Date: December 25, 2014
Run time: 1 Hour & 54 Minutes
Average Film Score: 8.76
Here’s one I wished I had seen in the theater. Benedict Cumberbach, the man with the really cool and strange name, in one the many roles he was born to play…a prominent mathematician that is enlisted by his Majesty’s government to crack a Nazi Code Machine all the while working out his inner demons.
What’s it about? Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a pioneer in the field of Computer Programming. Yes, you heard right. He was mostly influential in the building of the world’s first computer but not as we know it today. The British government approaches Turing, because of his obvious skills, to crack a particular type of code generating machine known as the Enigma. This machine was developed by the Nazi’s during WWII to send out communications that were encoded only for other Nazi’s to translate.
Turing is somewhat of a loner and doesn’t like to accept help from anyone and thus make people dislike him. However, he must work with a team to crack Enigma because the machine resets itself every day so the cipher it uses also changes. While Turing and his team work laboriously to solve this “Enigma” (like what I did there?) he must also deal with certain emotions that will ultimately cost him.
What I liked! Cumberbatch’s performance is stellar and the way the story brings you in is awesome! I also loved how the Director was able to retell a story with such emotion.
What didn’t I like? The secondhand acting from the bit players and the special effects during the battle scenes were atrocious.
What’s the Bottom Line? If you love a good War Movie back story and it involves code breaking and good acting then this is for you. If not, then toss off!
Best Line in the film:
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch): Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes… hollow.
- Directing: 9
- Set Direction: 9.5
- Costume Design and/or Direction: 9.5
- Music: 8
- Lead Actors: 9.6
- Supporting Actors: 8.5
- Cinematography: 7.6
- Sound: 9.3
- Effects: 7
- Story: 9.6
Average Film Score: 8.76