Oscars 2015 Best Picture Nominee Review #6: THE IMITATION GAME | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Monday, 23 February 2015

Oscars 2015 Best Picture Nominee Review #6: THE IMITATION GAME

Thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch's remarkable performance and its fascinating premise about code-breaking, THE IMITATION GAME mostly succeeds as an above-average biopic about the life of Alan Turing.

THE IMITATION GAME marks an English-language debut for acclaimed Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who is best known for his 2011's HEADHUNTERS. The result is an engrossing, if conventional biopic about Alan Turing, the British mathematician and WWII code-breaker who made a lot of contribution during WWII.


THE IMITATION GAME chronicles on the professional and personal life of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a British mathematician who works for the Allied Forces to win WWII by building a machine that will crack the supposedly undecipherable Nazi Enigma code. Throughout his experiment with the machine at Bletchley Park, he has trouble getting along with his fellow code-breakers (Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard) as well as his commanding officers (Charles Dance and Mark Strong).

Morten Tyldum's direction and Graham Moore's script are mostly effective that balances the thrilling aspect of code-breaking behind closed doors and the strong character-driven drama focusing on the interpersonal relationship between Alan Turing and his team members.

Benedict Cumberbatch is perfectly cast as Alan Turing, who manages to capture the mannerisms of a misunderstood genius and the eccentric behaviour of a social misfit. The supporting cast delivers an equally solid support with kudos go to Matthew Goode as the charismatic Hugh Alexander, while Keira Knightley is engaging as Turing's love interest and lone female code-breaker Joan Clarke.

The suspenseful moment where Alan finally figures out how to crack the Nazi Enigma code with his code-breaking machine.

While THE IMITATION GAME is an efficient dramatic thriller for the most of its running time, the same cannot be said with the movie's attempt to explore deeper into Alan Turing's secret life as a closet homosexual. It's a shame that Tyldum and Moore chose to play safe instead for Turing's sexuality.


It's far from a memorable work, but THE IMITATION GAME remains a worthwhile biopic especially for those who are curious about the significant contribution that Alan Turing has done to help win the WWII.

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