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About the Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch (TV's SHERLOCK, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS) shines as real-life war hero and pioneer of modern-day computing, Alan Turing. THE IMITATION GAME follows Turing as he leads a motley crew of scholars, linguists, chess champions, and intelligence officers in cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine, potentially saving millions of lives by helping to shorten the war. Also depicted is Turing's tragic fall from grace when he was convicted of homosexuality - a crime in post-war Britain. Co-starring Academy Award®-nominee Keira Knightley of BEGIN AGAIN and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN FRANCHISE.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 248
- Fresh: 224
- Rotten: 24
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The "action" here is Turing tinkering with his machine. Or simply thinking -- which, as Cumberbatch portrays it, is adventure of the highest order.
Fresh: This film's overall success hangs on Cumberbatch and what is, to date, his finest performance on the big screen.
Fresh: Produced with a Masterpiece Theater eye for period detail, but also with a missionary's zeal to honor a wrongly dishonored man.
Fresh: [Cumberbatch's] whose portrayal of the British mathematician and WWII code-smasher is a feat of nuanced intelligence, a portrait of anguish with hints of arid humor. And, yes, arrogance.
Not True to Real Life
Alan Turing's life and accomplishments were amazing. But if you want to know the truth about both his life and his accomplishments, this film is not the place to learn it. The film takes many facts and cobbles them together to make the viewer believe Turing's focus was his own sexual orientation. His focus was on his mathematics. The film's ending also portrays outcomes and causes of them on an incorrect timeline that makes viewers believe how they unfolded. There is much more evidence that Turing's death was due to an accident of his own doing, not a suicide due to his sexual orientation or the British government's reaction to that orientation. If the film's director wishes to push an LGBT agenda, he should choose a more honest path for that interest.
accuracy, nuances and brilliance.
The Imitation Game was not only a visual master piece, but for the most part, historically accurate and true to the brilliant man's struggle. I appreciate and crave subtle nuances and details directors often neglect in historic films such as this, but to much avail- Tyldum did not disappoint. The mirror acting method that the young Turing actor displayed was stupendous and faithful to Cumberbatch's portrayal as the elder. Another and frankly crucial detail they included, was Turing's limp. After several months of his "treatment"with diethylstillbestrol, an implant of the drug was inserted into his thy- resulting the limp. I treasure a detail such as that like the most prized jewel; An historian's dream. This film was a lovely tribute to such an unrecognized, brilliant, important man. Official apologies did not even begin to cover the atonement he deserves. Such a brilliant mind, such a beautiful person, such a tragic loss.
Well Made - Highly Inaccurate
The movie is well made, good effects, excellent acting and great storyline. Unfortunately the movie destroyed the actual historical events. Turing never met Cairncross (the spy), they didn’t work together - easy to google and check out. So, Turing didn’t betray the trust by not turning in a known spy. Also, the Bible was not used to send coded messages to the Soviets. Sadly, the movie is presented to show the amazing work of Enigma-cracking during WWII… but it’s REALLY about Turing’s sexuality more than his efforts to support the war effort. This could have been an amazing movie, had the intent been to accurately portray the war effort, and not another LGBT agenda film.