With the help of a team of mathematicians, Alan Turing, a gay, English cryptanalyst, attempts to break the Nazi party’s Enigma machine code in the hopes of ending World War II. Based on the bestselling book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
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I was surprised I didn't hate this, as weary as I am of "prestige" biopics. It's still mediocre at best, but a comparison against The Theory of Everything shows how these films can be made a tiny bit better: http://filmcapsule.com/2015/04/12/a-tale-of-two-biopics-the-imitation-game-the-theory-of-everything/
Not a complete waste of time. Probably a good choice to make it about that specific period of Turing's life. That's me, I always feel like bio pic's are strange exercices. Either pathetic attempts to do a tribute to the idea of someone, or an incomplete (and sometimes fraudulent) portrait that will endure terribly, because images are so much stronger than anything else. This is actually an interesting story.*
The story is, of course, fascinating. But the fim is like Biopic Bingo - every line of dialogue, shot, scene, plot contrivance, stolen glance and musical cue is so ridiculously clichéd, stale and patronising it works best as a parody of Classic British Film. There's nothing remotely surprising, organic, fresh or chaotic about its execution, and it actually does a disservice to a fantastic story.
The life of Alan Turing is fascinating, and Benedict Cumberbatch captures the whole essence of the brilliant mathematician. This may be a rather straightforward endeavor, but it is a deeply human drama propelled by quality production and Cumberbatch's fiery performance. Ultimately, The Imitation Game feels like a movie with gay subject matter safe enough for Hollywood, but not daring enough to be memorable.
The British government sentenced Alan Turing to chemical castration, driving him to suicide. The British film industry continues the abuse in this puling sentimental biopic that actually has the balls to deliver a tidy heterosexual benediction on Turing (We're so glad you were abnormal because you won the war!) -- it pats him on the head and sends him off to suicide like a gay Cindy Lou Who. Shame on them all.
Entertaining biopic, even if superficially formulaic and circumstantial. Morten Tyldum's film never really delves deep into Turing's essence, being more concerned about playing games rather than understanding the man. There's this sense that there's more to "The Imitation Game" than Weinstein-Oscar-bait, but unfortunately we never get to see that. Excellent Cumberbatch. Appaling CGI.