Howdy ladies and gents time for a late film review in the form of The Imitation Game. Now I was meant to see this film sooner, but life got in the way and since it was still playing in my local cinema I had to see it. Generally I’m not into films related to war just because it isn’t my cup of tea, that being said this film’s story looked interesting, plus Benedict Cumberbatch was in the film. As an avid fan I have to see whatever film he is in, regardless of the subject matter. So is it any good? Well read on and find out.
So the story can be described as the following:
“Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.”
I thought the story was surprisingly engaging, dramatic and full of tension and mystery. All I can say after watching this film is I wouldn’t want to work in MI6, so much secrets and lies! That’s a lot of what this film is about; secrets and lies, so much deception and secrecy involved in what Turing and his co-workers were involved in, it led to so much trust issues, pain and suffering. Sure it was for the better good but in the end victory did not come without sacrifice. I don’t know how accurate this is to the actual events that took place, but it was interesting to learn about the interception of German messages and the crafting of early computers.
When it comes to the performances, they were all pretty good from everyone involved but it is definitely Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing who stands above the rest. This must be Cumberbatch’s best performance to date, the man is incredibly versatile and totally inhabits the role of this odd, yet brilliant man who doesn’t have the best of social skills, but has the talent necessary to be an asset to MI6. Keira Knightley was also good in this film as Joan Clarke, a smart individual who is the only person who understands Turing. Knightley is quite good and she’s actually tolerable which makes her decent in my book. Other great performances come from the lovely Charles Dance as Cdr. Alastair Denniston, Matthew Goode as Hugh Alexander, Allen Leech as John Cairncross, Mark Strong as Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies and Rory Kinnear as Detective Nock.
In conclusion The Imitation Game is a very compelling and interesting film with a good story, a wonderful soundtrack and an incredible central performance form Benedict Cumberbatch. For fans of Cumberbatch it is a must-see film.
So The Imitation Game, have you seen it and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo, laters! 😀