The Imitation Game

November 28, 2014

Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch in THE IMITATION GAME.

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Written by: Graham Moore

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Beard

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking)

Running Time: 114 minutes

Benedict Cumberbatch is spectacular as the obsessive and abrasive Alan Turing in THE IMITATION GAME, an historical biopic about the brilliant mathematician who creates a precursor to the modern computer. There are three timelines in the film: the main setting takes place during World War II when Turing and several mathematicians try to break Germany’s codes, flashbacks to Turing’s boarding school friendship with Christopher, and a flash forward to Turing after the war when the police discover he’s a homosexual. Such a structure in a film isn’t always smooth, but here it is quite effective. Keira Knightly, who plays Joan Clarke, is also very good as a brilliant mathematician who must contend with the innate sexism of the time.

Grade: A-

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