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The Imitation Game
Friday, December 19, 2014

Studio: Elevation Pictures

Reviewed by: Ed Coke

In a world of 9-5 office jobs and shift work at the mall, experiencing anything challenging or unique can often seem like a dream too strange to even fathom. Few in the sea of modern day humanity truly have their wits tested in life, and generally not under a microscope or while carrying great responsibility for others when they do. Perhaps this is why the new movie The Imitation Game is so appealing and engaging. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, British WWII era genius who not only cracked the Nazi’s code-machine to help end the war but also went on to help develop the personal computer among other remarkable achievements. His story is one that almost seems too amazing to have actually taken place, however the film does a superb job of bringing the viewer into the essence of the time and places where the plot unfolds.

The acting from Cumberbatch and his vast supporting cast is a sight to behold, and has garnered much praise and awards at film festival showings leading up to this release. Oscar ambitions are certainly afoot not only for those onscreen but also behind the lens. Celebrated Norwegian director Morten Tyldum conducted a monumental display of storytelling, highlighted by the top notch Alexandre Desplat-composed soundtrack. I had heard that originally there was some hype surrounding The Imitation Game as Leonardo Di Caprio was rumoured to be playing Turing, thankfully though they went with Cumberbatch. After playing Wikileaks frontman Julian Assange, it's apparent he can adeptly carry the role of a well intentioned innovator who was poorly treated by his own. Without spoiling too much of the story I will say that Alan Turing’s fate was far more severe that Assange’s up to this point, however his contribution to humanity was on another level all together.

A must-see picture that gives an intriguing, dignified, and razor sharp recollection of a man who was both radically successful and also tragically undone.

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