The Imitation Game (2014)

The clock is ticking...

Two days on the bounce, I present yet another true events film and one that really is an emotional story. 'The Imitation Game' centres around the story of World War II hero, Alan Turing and his team who solved how to crack the Enigma Code. This is no spoiler, it's taught in history at school. The story, yes, focuses heavily on this journey to creating the machine that understands the code, but also centres around his life aside from work. It really handles the whole situation well, and I personally can't think of anyone I would have preferred to play the lead. Cumberbatch provides another acting master class, alongside strong performances from Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. I don't think we'll ever understand the entire true story behind this but what we are presented within this film is a fantastic representation of the history that needs to be taught. For this, however, it's hard not to talk about the history even though I'm reviewing the film. I must say that it definitely presents the audience with facts and events we are never told and I personally believe we should be. For a film set during the war, we don't particularly see much of it, and I like that. More often than not, war films focus on all of the action, all of the suffering and pain that happened, but I think films like this, like '1917' and 'Dunkirk', ones that show a potentially different side to the story really send powerful messages across. These are meant to be eye-opening films, ones that really make you think and reflect after watching them, and thankfully, they exist. They are brave to take on as they are potentially harder stories to tell, but they are also stories that need to be told. 'The Imitation Game' is a very emotionally engaging film that NEEDS to be seen.

Ultimately, as you can tell, I really found this movie somewhat encapsulating. I felt the story being told, and I felt the emotion of the characters too. I must applaud Cumberbatch for his performance in this as, even though he has support in this movie, he almost carries the storyline by himself. That is expected when the movie is about him, but nonetheless, it is incredible to do it as well as he has. I certainly think that the film does well in depicting the setting, it really details what they had to work with, what was against them and, in general, how people felt towards him and his group. Overall, I think this is a must-watch - it is brilliant.

Duration: 1h 54 mins.

Starring:  Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong & more…

Certificate: 12A.

Released:  14 November 2014 (UK).

My Rating: 8/ 10

Available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video (included with the subscription) or you can buy/ rent on Google Play Movies or Apple TV.





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