There are already many films out there based on World War II, but The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum, shows a whole new aspect of this very complicated point in history. Benedict Cumberbatch is outstanding as the role of Alan Turing, an introverted intellectual and brilliant mathematician. The film effortlessly switches between different times throughout his life, beginning with Turing’s arrest after the war was over, and then going back in time to the start of his job during World War II. This drama tells the fact-based tale of the small group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers in Britain who spent copious amounts of time in efforts to crack the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Although Alan Turing in near genius, his lack of social skills causes everyone on his team to quickly turn against him, leaving him with no support on his innovative new machine that he believes could effortlessly crack every single Enigma code. Keira Knightley plays a quirky young woman, Joan Clarke, who appears to be the only person alive that can beat Alan at his favorite puzzle: crossword puzzles. They immediately become fascinated with each other and Alan makes sure that this brilliant woman gets a job on his team of men despite the fact that everyone else around her does not believe she could be of any use. Joan ends up helping their war efforts tremendously and also teaches Alan how to become more likable so that the rest of his team will be willing to work in his favor so that his amazing machine can be completed quicker.
This complex story is full of intellectual ideas and concepts to keep the audience engaged with their brains fully working, but also highlights on other key social disparities of the time such as sever unequal treatment of women and homosexuals. The protagonist, Alan Turing, is so well developed and exceptionally portrayed that viewers are intrigued by him, making sure that there are no boring moments throughout the film.
The Imitation Game provokes thought, and tells one of the more unknown stories of World War II. I would recommend this feature to anyone planning on going to the cinema in their future.