The Immitation Game (2014)
- Directed by: Morten Tyldum
- With: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
- 114 Minutes
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The Immitation Game is probably one of the most enjoyable biopics I’ve seen in the last years thanks to a great combination of tension, drama, a thrilling soundtrack and a compelling performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. With all this elements together, director Morten Tyldum was able to tell a fascinating story in a tone usually appreciated by the Academy folks. The Immitation Game is a race against time to save an entire nation desperate to get help in order to defeat the Nazi threat that follows the steps of the legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, known for his amazing achievements during World War II.
When hope was gone and when nothing seemed to stop the Germans from conquering Europe, it was necessary to develop a secret program that would help decoding each German message intercepted. The problem was that Germans were using an advance and powerful machine known as Enigma that allowed them changing the encryption of their messages every single day. With millions of millions of combinations, it was an impossible task to find out the code the Germans were using every single day so a brilliant team of code-breakers was hired to Britain’s top-secret program, in which Alan Turing was included. With the lives of thousands in danger, it was their job to find out the daily code to help the British win the war. Since it was impossible to accomplish the task using human workers only, Turing thought about an automatic way to discover Enigma’s code because according to him only a machine is able to defeat another machine. Against his team and his superiors, Alan will have to fight against all odds to build the machine that would increase the chances of winning the war.
As you can see this biopic is filled with thrilling moments that reveal not only how skeptic and silly humans can be but also how computers reached our daily lives. The movie follows the journey of a naïve and brilliant scientist with amazing skills at solving puzzles who with everyone against him and with time running out had to find out a way to save the lives of thousands of man who were on the terrain fighting for their nations. The viewer is therefore invited for a thrilling journey that is enhanced by a compelling performance by Cumberbatch. As a brilliant mind, Cumberbatch deals with a society not used to technology that saw with some skepticism what he was building since they didn’t understand him. Even his fellow teammates were reluctant to his idea since it would consume too much time and there was a chance of failure. However, even with few social skills, thanks to a pretty and very smart woman, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), who supported him in the journey and who was able to understand his idea and what he wanted, Alan was able to proceed with his brilliant idea. Both Cumberbatch and Knightley did a good job, even though his performance was a lot more pleasing. Cumberbatch continues to prove to the world that he is an amazing actor while Knightley reveals her cuteness and talent in a more discrete role.
With these satisfying performances, the full potential of The Immitation Game is clear even to regular moviegoers and when one adds an incredible story filled with thrilling events and strong emotions it’s impossible to not feel attached to the whole picture. Morten Tyldum delivers this way an exciting and emotional tale that is not only inspiring but also impressive. While we see Alan committed to his idea (the way he believed in it) and while we witness the rest mocking him and trying to throw him out of that place it’s impossible to not feel the energy flowing through Alan’s veins. As an inspiring, compelling and brave portrait of one of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen, The Immitation Game deserves to be praised. With a captivating story accompanied by a suitable soundtrack, this is a movie meant for everyone to see, because against all odds Alan showed to the world that the people who no one imagines anything of are the ones who do the things that no one can imagine. The Immitation Game acknowledges the brightest minds and captivates newer generations to learn and to use their knowledge and skills to make the world a better place.