The Imitation Game (2014)
Critic Consensus: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.
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as Alan Turing
as Joan Clarke
as John Cairncross
as Detective Robert Nock
as Stewart Menzies
as Peter Hilton
as Hugh Alexander
as Commander Denniston
as Jack Good
as Sergeant Staehl
as Superintendent Smith
as Charles Richards
as Young Alan Turing
as Christopher Morcom
as Sherborne Student 1
as Sherborne Student 3
as Joan's Mother
as MI6 Agent
as Electrical Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Imitation Game
The "action" here is Turing tinkering with his machine. Or simply thinking -- which, as Cumberbatch portrays it, is adventure of the highest order.
We go into a movie knowing that the subject was as genius or a hero, a martyr or titan. We should leave with a more nuanced understanding of who he was, his complexities and flaws.
For the filmmakers, there are simplifications that must have been inevitable, for dramatic and narrative purposes, when it comes to depicting the years of wartime work. But what of the other choices that have been made?
This film about one of the past century's smartest humans at times treats its own audience like a classroom of remedial learners.
It's a film about drive, about imagination, and how brilliance thrives outside the mainstream. These are common enough themes given uncommon purchase in a film about a man who likely saved millions of lives by never fitting in.
Audience Reviews for The Imitation Game
The dialogue is wonderfully snappy, but the problem with Benedict Cumberbatch playing fundamentally unlikeable characters is that, well, he plays characters that are fundamentally unlikeable. Still, a great film for the progressive cause.
Benedict Cumberbatch swings for the fences in this mere thumbnail sketch about the pressures surrounding the Brit professor guy who was primarily instrumental in breaking the secret Nazi war codes during WW2. Oh ... AND HE WAS GAY (!!!!!), and that's what this film is really about, his successes despite some considerable persecution. So its a message film, yes, but with high production values.
I don't know how closely the movie follows real life, but this movie is like Alan Turing himself - a mix of intelligence, oddness, humour, despair, etc.
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