By Debbie Elicksen.
“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things no one can imagine.“
The Imitation Game (2014) is the true story of Alan Turig (Benedict Cumberbatch) who bucked the system, because protocol and policy gets in the way of progress. This is also the birthplace of the computer as we know it today. It took a group of codebreakers, led by a visionary mathematician to build a machine algorithm to do in seconds what men had attempted to do physically since the beginning of time.
Genius doesn’t come in the package we expect it to. Turig was a loner and hiding a secret that could land him in jail. The movie exposes a dark time in our justice system, when homosexuality was considered a punishable crime. As one would expect, Cumberbatch is absolutely brilliant in this role.
The screenplay was written by Graham Moore and the movie was directed by Morten Tyldum.
The film won an Academy Award for Writing, Adapted Screenplay. It was also nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightly), Directing, Film Editing, Music, and Production Design.
I give this film four stars out of five.