The Imitation Game is a 2014 thriller directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore based on the biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.
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The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a very apt fellow, who started to work for the British Ministry of War during World War II, leading a team of crypt analysts in the challenge to solve the Enigma code. They have been in the possession of such a specimen and they tried to understand how it works.
It is perfectly played by all, Cumberbatch acts like he has Aspergers, fact which put him on the Best Actor nominees list. He is very good. It’s funny that he also played Stephen Hawkins, in a TV film in 2004, another character with enough complexity to be of Oscar potential. This time it is played by Eddie Redmayne, the most probably winner. I like Cumberbatch, and I also liked Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher, but Redmayne’s Stephen Hawkins is by far the best performance able to be awarded with Best Actor this year. It already won the Golden Globe, BAFTA which can be considered a subjective jest, only it is not, because he won the SAG for best performance as well, voted almost by the same fellows who will give him the Oscar.
I like Keira Knightley too, she is one of the most talented British actresses at the moment, not as awarded as Helen Mirren yet, but with great potential, even better than Mirren’s.
The Imitation Game stars: Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke (the exotic mathematician girl), Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander (a chess champion), Rory Kinnear as Detective Robert Nock, Allen Leech as John Cairncross (a cryptologist), Matthew Beard as Peter Hilton, Charles Dance as Commander Denniston (the unbearable narrow-minded army chief), Mark Strong as Stewart Menzies (the spook chief), James Northcote as Jack Good (another cryptologist).
It is directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore, based on the novel written by Andrew Hodge. It is number 199 in imdb Top 250, with a mighty 8.2 out of ten. It is nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Directing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Weinsteins payed an extravagant load of money for distribution rights in United States, but the investment proved very fruitful. The movie costs were just around $14M (including the $7M for the rights). It did already over $150M, which is over ten times actually.
“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” – This is a very insightful quote on the screenplay, taken directly from the book, which is apparently based on real classified events.
This movie subject is about decoding “Enigma”, the best German code machine of the moment, in order to end the war by beating the Germans. They were supposed to be made to surrender after all their secret plans would have been known by the British. You notice that the British, even allied with the greatest powers of the moment, the Soviets and the Americans, were on a submissive position in the war, until the joining of Turin. The key for Enigma changed every twenty four hours. The Enigma machine could change the code anytime. The problem was very complex. Decrypting German messages, they could find the hours of future attacks on convoys or strategical places (here I have wondered) and then what? Anyway, the British Army never found anything, the intel was served by the spooks, leaded in the movie by the extraordinary and extremely volatile Mark Strong. You know that I don’t like to unveil the movie plot on my reviews, because I respect the surprise people will have when watching it for the first time, and my target are the first timers as well. I actually hate the reviewers who describe the movie and tell everything there is to tell in their fancy reviews. I strongly recommend this one.
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