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Film Review: “The Imitation Game” (2014)


MV5BNDkwNTEyMzkzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTAwNzk3MjE@._V1__SX1617_SY854_It should never cause an issue if you express a desire to serve your country. You do it willingly and unconditionally when the opportunity comes. You use your genius mind to break an unbreakable Nazi code, to win the War. Only one man knew how to do this, by developing his own machine to break Enigma codes. But, instead of being honored for his incredible achievement for saving millions of lives, Alan Turing was disgraced by the country he served, which put him on trial for his sexuality, and humiliated him to the point of suicide.

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is assigned to break one of the most intelligent machines in the World – Enigma, which according to him, would take over 20 million years to do. Instead of working on various codes, Turing creates a super-smart machine, as smart as Enigma, to do the job. During the process of creating his machine, Turing must work closely with other fellows, with brilliant mathematicians, who are assigned to help him. But only one of them will draw Turing`s attention – Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), whose relationship with him is almost as amazing as his dedication to his work.

The Imitation Game begins with the narrating voice of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who says the following: “Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you will miss things.” And that is a major warning to the audience as well, that will make them watch carefully, from the beginning, to ensure that not even a little detail is missed. Right from the beginning, the superior, dynamic plot of the film throws us right into the center of colossal events that are about to change the entire world; where only one man stands against a super smart machine, known as Enigma.

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Knowing how the Weinstein Co. teams are expert at handling difficult awards materials. And The Imitation Game is no doubt one of them.  The Imitation Game seems to go flawlessly for them, like material in a book, without any gaps, that could have ruined the image of the entire film. Everything in Morten Tyldum`s film is a product of perfection. Even the scenes where we see young Alan Turing, superbly played by Alex Lawthe are truly remarkable; when looking at him and his friend, Christopher (Jack Bannon), we notice much more than the situation presented in the film. Almost like an audience left alone to break another Enigma code, called The Imitation game.

All this would mean nothing without the ideally written script by Graham Moore, who masterfully describes every scene, which allows the actors to perform close to perfection. The performance delivered by the entire cast is flawless, and worth watching at least a hundred times. Benedict Cumberbatch is another version of Enigma in his own way; I will never understand how it is possible to reach up the level of performance that has been reached by Benedict Cumberbatch; he is extremely irresistible and superb. Mark Strong, Matthey Goode, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear and Keira Knightley deliver outstanding performances, which makes The Imitation Game one of the best films this year, so far.

In conclusion, The Imitation game is a film about a man and a great mind that was destroyed by a society that was severely homophobic. It tells the story of a Great War hero, who instead of being honored for his achievement, is punished for being different, but only in his mind. In this Tyldum film the audience will find everything they seek; drama, suspense, intelligent dialogues, outstanding performances, excellent directing, and an award worthy script, which I am sure will, at the very least, get nominated. But what is important in The Imitation Game, may not be how brilliant Alan Turing was or how capable he was in solving an unsolvable puzzle, but rather, how one man, a war hero, fights alone against prejudice, and being so-called ‘different’ , who does something amazing, that all those so called ‘ordinary’ people could never have done.

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (1027 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

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