Every year I attempt to watch the Oscar nominations to make an educated guess on who will win an award… and this year I have watched already Whiplash (an amazing movie) and now The Imitation Game.
It is a good (real-life) story about mathematician Alan Turing, who (during World War II) tried to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. The main character is played by one of my favourite actors (Benedict Cumberbatch) and he is very convincing, as this awkward person, who is very intelligent but lacks in social skills. He is the pioneer of modern-day computing – and that’s part of the story.
But there is so much more to it – and don’t get me wrong, it is not just a wartime movie. It is about a genius, who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, saved thousands of lives. It is about the relationships between Alan and his fellow colleagues, and the challenges he faced in his life. It is a packing movie, with lots of action but also tender/gentle moments – and of course, this is Benedict Cumberbatch, with a lot of wit, sarcasm and irony.
It is one of the few wartime movies that I enjoyed. It is real, but it is not too detailed. It is well-scripted and well-played and the characters are all portrayed in several facets. It is easy to like/dislike them, because they feel like real people. The movie is well-paced, there are moments that are quite packing (but given we all know the story of enigma and the outcome of the war it is not surprising) and others are just joyful to watch. In my opinion, it is not the best movie of 2014 but Benedict Cumberbatch is in the running for best actor Oscar…
The movie currently runs at AMC Pacific Place, Palace IFC, Hollywood and The One – you can find out more here.
[All pictures are from IMDB and The Weinstein Company]