KATHLEEN LIANG

★★★★ 1/2 (out of 5)

February 27, 2015

Morten Tyldum’s acclaimed movie, The Imitation Game, has gained many positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. As winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, this movie has certainly exceeded expectations, and has brought to awareness Alan Turing’s contributions to ending World War II and to modern-day technology.

Set in 1939 during the Second World War, Alan Turing visits Bletchley Park, the code-breaking centre of the United Kingdom. He joins a cryptography team consisting of Hugh Alexander, John Cairncross, Peter Hilton, and Joan Clark, where they attempt to break an impossible German code. At the time, the Germans were sending out encrypted messages using the Enigma, a machine with multiple settings, and were capable of producing many different, complex codes. This historical film shows the challenges that the group faced and how breaking the code ended the devastating war.

The plot was based on real events during the war. This movie was a great dedication to one of the most brilliant minds in history and brought to attention a hero who saved millions of lives by bringing an end to the war. For a long time, Turing didn’t even receive recognition for his contributions to computer science or for being a war hero.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley’s performances were also exceptional. Their portrayal of their characters was memorable, and they captivated the audience with their acting. As well, the storyline was fantastic and showed many of the realities of war. The film showed the impacts of different jobs during the war and how they were necessary for the war effort.

At its root, this movie focuses on some of the issues we face today, and how people are constantly faced with judgment and inhumane treatment for being themselves. I highly recommend The Imitation Game; it’s an exceptional film that has a great plot, characters, and message.