Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch / Keira Knightley / Matthew Goode /
Release Date: 2014-11-14
Production Companies: Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive,
Director: Morten Tyldum, Beverly Winston,
The Imitation Game Summary
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.
A moving tribute to an extraordinary man.
The "action" here is Turing tinkering with his machine. Or simply thinking -- which, as Cumberbatch portrays it, is adventure of the highest order.
We go into a movie knowing that the subject was as genius or a hero, a martyr or titan. We should leave with a more nuanced understanding of who he was, his complexities and flaws.
This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners.
It's a film about drive, about imagination, and how brilliance thrives outside the mainstream. These are common enough themes given uncommon purchase in a film about a man who likely saved millions of lives by never fitting in.