Movie of the Week: The Imitation Game


What an amazing movie! All the buzz, and Oscar’s nominations, for the Alan Turing life based movie adaptation, The Imitation Game, are justified. There might be SPOILERS.

The story is by now not news to anyone, Turing was the father of theoretical computer sciences and his scientific leap helped the allies win WWII. A few years after that he was arrested and convicted for homosexual acts and he chose chemical castration to prison, eventually committing suicide with only 41 years of age (though that is debatable).

The cast is altogether amazing, but Benedict is beyond marvelous – it’s no wonder that he’s nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor (though having just watched The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne is sublime…). There’s one particular scene towards the end that just broke my heart in a million pieces and made me admire Cumberbatch even more than I already did (and that’s saying a lot).

I just had one slight problem with the film, it happens in three different points in time and is told in double flashbacks, or maybe flashbacks and flashforwards, or whatever… it’s especially tricky when you jump from 1944 to 1951 (for example), where the clothes and accessories are not sufficiently different. But other than that, no complaints, totally loved it!

Unfortunately, even though it’s nominated for 8 awards, I doubt it will win any major one =( .