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Based on a true story The Imitation Game (2014) tells how British mathematician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing, played a pivotal role in cracking the German Enigma code during his time at Bletchley Park. The code was used for virtually all of the German's military communication in World War 2.
This gripping thriller includes powerful performances from Benedict Cumberbatch (Turing) and Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke) as fellow codebreakers in a race against time to solve the "unbreakable" code of the Enigma machine. This would help shorten the war and would, most importantly, save many lives on both sides. Also starring Matthew Goode, Charles Dance and Rory Kinnear.
In 1952, Turing was arrested and convicted on charges of homosexuality which ultimately led to his suicide. The captivating story, impressive cinematography and brilliant acting make this award nominated/winning film enjoyable and highly watchable.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play THE IMITATION GAME is a gripping acclaimed thriller that tells the incredible true story of unsung war hero Alan Turing the British mathematician responsible for cracking the German Enigma code during World War II Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate Star Trek Into Darkness and TV&39;s Sherlock) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for Atonement Oscar nominee for Pride and Prejudice) star as Turing and his ally and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke alongside a top-notch cast including Matthew Goode (Stoker A Single Man) Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) Charles Dance (Gosford Park TV&39;s Game of Thrones) Allen Leech (In Fear TV&39;s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education) certificate 12 years and over
Academy Award-winning historical drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing. The film follows Turing from his teenage years to his wartime work and the trouble he later faced in his private life. Along with his friend and colleague Joan Clarke (Keira Knightly) and the rest of his team at the Government Code and Cypher School in Bletchley Park, Turing races against time to decipher the Nazi's Enigma machine during World War II. Despite playing a significant role in helping Britain defeat Germany, Turing is later convicted of homosexual acts and suffers greatly in his personal life as a result. The cast also includes Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode and Rory Kinnear. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cumberbatch) and Best Director, and won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Average Rating for The Imitation Game [Blu-ray] - 3 out of 5
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The Imitation Game [Blu-ray]Chris Harley
Despite it being one of the biggest and best-reviewed films of last year, The Imitation Game was a real let-down for me. There was a chance to really tell a well-rounded story of Alan Turing, a story that had largely been overlooked by many a history book.
That was the promise that so much of the marketing sold me on - 'The untold story of Alan Turing.' So I was really surprised to find that the film barely dealt with issues surrounding his homosexuality and the chemical castration that followed his 'outing'. The story of the Enigma machine had itself largely been told in the film Enigma. It was the other story I thought I would be seeing, which is why it really felt like a let-down.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley do fine work in the leads, and there's some great supporting stars (inc. Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, and a fairly new actor Matthew Beard), though it's mostly Cumberbatch who fills the majority of the screen time. (He's undeniably good, but there are hints of Sherlock and his similar past characters at times.)
What upset me most is that the film went on to win Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars, which I really don't think it deserved to win with so much stronger competition. If it had gone into greater detail about Turing's later life, as pitched, then maybe. But as it was, I thought it was a real shame. Worth watching if you're keen to see another story surrounding the Enigma machine. But if you're looking for the 'untold story' of Alan Turing, this might not meet your hopes either.
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