05 Jan

The Imitation Game

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B+

The Imitation Game is the true story of British mathematician and logician Alan Turing. During World War II he and his team helped to crack the Enigma code, a means of communication used by Hitler and the Nazis.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Turing, and Keira Knightley plays Joan Clarke, the only woman on the team. This is a fascinating story, primarily because the character of Turling has so much going on. It seems like he’s autistic, although that is never formally addressed, it is clear that he is somewhat of a genius and socially awkward. He’s also homosexual, which at that time in history was socially unacceptable. He and  Joan become engaged, and he is honest with her about his situation. She goes along with the plan so that she can participate in the important work of cracking the code.

The machine that Turing designed during this time was likely the first computer.

Well written, wonderful performances. Worth seeing.

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