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Award Buzz: The Imitation Game

THE IMITATION GAME

Starting off the award season I thought Eddie Redmayne was the leading man who is going to win every award but after seeing The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m not so sure.

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Staring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, directed by Morten Tyldum and Norwegian film director and screenplay by Graham Moore

Starting with a mastermind of a screenplay,  this film is told in an effortless and plain approach, and you know that after 10 minutes in this film if going be a masterpiece and 2 hours later as the credits roll you know you were right.  The excellent production design captures the time and place brilliantly.  Seeing Britain torn as shots of bombers cause havoc over London and submarines launching rockets, as well as the rubble scattered streets and house, this film was truly rich in detail.  The editing takes us from year to year without having us in a shamble.

Fundamentally, a film is as strong as it’s cast and this film had a powerful one. Benedict Cumberbatch is a genius, he brings real humanity to a tortured Turing, particularly near the end, are almost unbearably moving. Keira Knightley is his female counterpart in a smaller but pivotal roll, the lone woman breaker who as it turns out is better than the men. Supporting actors Charles Dance, Rory kinnear and Mark Strong all offered characters and performances that were crucially needed. Also, credit to the young man who played a teenage Turing, as it for him that we believe in the subsequent actions and performance of Cumberbatch.

Hardly ever is a film as well done as this, it’s truly a cinematic masterpiece.

Have you seen The Imitation Game, what did you think of it and the performances?

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