[schema type=”movie” name=”The Imitation Game” description=”Running time: 114 minutes Screenplay: Graham Moore ” director=”Morten Tyldum” producer=”Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman, Teddy Schwarzman” actor_1=”Benedict Cumberbatch” ]
How did I not know about Alan Turing?
That was the main thing on my mind when I watched this movie. How is it that his contribution to the war effort not more widely known?
This movie tells the story of Alan Turing, the man who broke the Enigma Code at Bletchly Park and won the war. He was a Cambridge mathematician who had a fondness for crossword puzzles and got recruited to be part of a team to work on Enigma. It’s a story that should have been told ages ago and the man feted. It also highlights the atrocious way that gays were treated in those days. Alan Turing was convicted in 1952 of gross indecency after being caught having an affair with an 18 year old man and was offered either jail or chemical castration. This involved massive doses of oestrogen injections. He was posthumously pardoned recently. He committed suicide by cyanide poisoning a couple of years after his conviction.
As for the movie, I enjoyed it a lot despite the sad ending. Benedict played the antisocial Turing really well. In the beginning, you think that this brilliant thinker must be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. But somewhere along the lines, he learns to adapt to working with his team and even learns some social skills. Benedict portrayed him really well and kept your eyes on him throughout the film.
Shame about Keira being in the movie, but never mind.