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  • The only people I fear who might disagree with the film are World War II historians, but hopefully, even they can see the numerous achievements evinced in this wonderful film

    • by Tom Byrne

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      “The Imitation Game” has proven to be one of this year’s top contenders at the more significant film award ceremonies. Does the film, however, truly live up to its praise? The film explores the life of Alan Turing and his experiences in attempting to break the ENIGMA code of the Second World War, adopted by German radio communications. It is very engaging, supported by terrific performances from the principle cast, especially Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

      Whilst the film has ben criticised for its manipulation of actual events and overall mixed historical accuracy, the performances, direction and screenplay

      all require adoration. Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as Alan Turing, despite portraying a historical figure with embellished social issues, to the extent where one could argue he has Aspergers. The performance itself, however, deserves praise within its own right. The film is an entertaining crowd-pleaser, acting as a tense, WWII thriller, whilst also documenting the tragic circumstances that befell the genius Turing during his tumultuous life. Despite not shying away the protagonist’s abundant flaws, the film effectively glorifies Turing’s efforts in creating a machine to break the German’s seemingly “impenetrable” code.

      Keira Knightley stars as Joan Clarke, Turing’s close friend and, at a particular time, fiance. Knightley brings much needed humour to the film’s rather depressing premise, whilst Matthew Goode stars as Hugh Alexander - an exceptionally smart cryptographer who initially conflicts with Turing, before understanding the depth of his abilities. Alexander Desplat’s score is diverse, encapsulating the foreboding tension, unfeigned grief and gravity of the situation. Interspersed with heartbreaking flashbacks, the audience is provided with an understanding as to Turing’s emotional hardships, as he discovers his sexuality.

      This rather anomalous biopic successfully denotes the continuing impact of Turing’s actions. As he suffers from the ramifications ...

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      of a government-forced chemical castration, it becomes hard viewing for a sympathetic audience. Whilst the film accentuates the intellect of the main characters and downplays the true scale of the secret operations to break the code during the war, Turing’s influence is not swayed. Turing helped save the world and film chooses to highlight this point. As I reflect, the only mediocre parts of the film occur nearing the end, as a serious of revelations eventually lead to the breaking of the code in mere minutes of scenes. Alas, the film’s engrossing storyline means the audience is more
      invested in the audacious outcome: not the rather absurd means of getting there.

      Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” was recommended to me by friends. Thinking back on the film, I can now fully comprehend the significance of Turing’s actions during the Second World War. This film appeals to most viewers, despite being devastatingly sad. It now appears that “The Imitation Game” truly deserves its widespread praise from the public and critics alike. The only people I fear who might disagree with the film are World War II historians, but hopefully, even they can see the numerous achievements evinced in this wonderful film.

Migz Lopez says :

A movie that changes my life… :)
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