The Imitation Game – A Review of a Sentimental Masterpiece
The Imitation Game is one of those films that struck me when I first saw the trailer. Having done a Computer Science course that specialised in Artificial Intelligence, I think I know a great deal more ‘about the bloke’ than most.
I knew that he was a hero of the war, breaking the Enigma code somewhat single-handedly to save millions of lives, ending World War 2 early. I knew that Alan Turing was a pioneer of what we call a computer today, creating the most sophisticated machine of its time. Artificial Intelligence courses also teach you to a small degree how he ‘got his foot in the door’ with breaking the code, by finding commonly occuring words and vowels. I knew he recruited some members of the small secretive unit by placing an intensely hard crossword in a newspaper. I also knew the end of this great man – suicide by a cyanide laced apple after being hunted down by the British Government for being homosexual.
That was what I had to really go on and a small part of me thought ‘why am I seeing this film, I already know what’s going to happen..’. But, I made the move for a movie that struck me as being more sentimental than most.
Why am I seeing this film, I already know what’s going to happen…
Thank god I did.
Benedict Cumberbatch really takes well on the quirky, loner personality that Turing is made out to have in this day and age. The entirety of the film is somewhat split into three time periods, when Turing was a child, what he was like during World War 2 and what happened to him afterward – and I couldn’t have thought of a better trio of storylines.
As a child, you see Turing as the loner child of the classroom, always picked upon by bullies but finding schoolwork a doddle. He joins his friend Christopher in learning how to communicate in their own cryptic language before he is taken away from the world. This significant event of Turing’s life isn’t really explored by the film but also further envelopes the quirky nature of Turing into the film itself.
Awesome Loner-Like Personality
The majority of the film is about Turing during the war, obviously. His loner-like personality is awesome in a twisted way. He swiftly takes over the controls from the UK Chess Champion and pressures Winston Chruchill to help fund his machine that will automate all German intercepted radio signals instead of focusing manpower on more traditional efforts by decrypting messages through brainpower as and when they are found. The entire film revolves around the team and Turing deservedly takes much of the screentime. As an experienced computer scientist, you learn a lot about the whole team, like how Turing is so concerned with hiding his sexual preferences.
The end of the film is maybe the only part that I’d touch up if it didn’t affect the age rating. I would have liked to have seen the film fade to black whilst the camera pans up from Turings lifeless body. The poetic nature of his death during the disgusting treatment from the government would have ended a very quiet film in a very quiet way.
This film doesn’t deserve to be torrented
I think I’ve written as much as I can about the film before I’m just giving you the full script itself. Let me know in the comments and on Twitter what you think of my personal take on the movie.
The Imitation Game gets a solid 10 out of 10. The quintessentially British film is perfectly portrayed in a timeless masterpiece by Mr Cumberbatch. The quirky, enthralling drama is a film like no other. You leave the film in an ever greater belief that Alan Turing should be on all banknotes, a true hero of the modern day. Now go forth and spend those hard earned pennies on a film that simply doesn’t deserve to be torrented. It’s just one of those that is so much better on the big screen.