Review: The Imitation Game

Harry Dalian

Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code in this film about cryptology during WWII in support of the Allies.

The Imitation Game is an immersive true story that incorporates tension and raw emotion together. Benedict Cumberbatch, the Emmy award-winning Sherlock Holmes star, turns not he brain power to play Alan Turing, a genius mathematician and social misfit during World War II. Alan Turing teamed up with a group of cryptanalysis at London’s Bletchley Park to crack the Nazis’ naval code and help in the war. Turing and his group were successful, only to have his achievements buried in government secrecy and to end his own life in 1954 after being persecuted for being a homosexual. The queen actually pardoned him posthumously last year.

The Imitation Game doesn’t waste any time on the social treachery of the situation, but instead alleviates the emotionsin the piece during the stale period. Norwegian filmmaker Morton Tyldym (Headhunters) directs the movie with masterly assurance as he fuses suspense and character to create a movie that emanates energy.

The star of the film, Cumberbatch, is a great actor whose talents shine bright in The Imitation. The film is an explosive, emotionally complex arrangement of characters and events.

The story itself is quite interesting and scientific, however, the movie does rely mostly on action and emotion to illustrate this time and these events. It has been a long time since intellectual aspiring create such excitement on the big screen.

The movie is a classic representation of struggle, perseverance, emotion with retro themes and elements. Overall, it is a great film to watch as the actors present an amazing performance.