The Imitation Game

20 Jun

Very nice film about Alan Turing, portrayed by Benedict Cumberwatch. Alan Turing basically built the first computer. It was designed to beat the Enigma in the Second World War.
The film takes two hours to watch, but unlike Interstellar, doesn’t bore.

Although it doesn’t become completely clear why Alan Turing is recruited exactly. Is he there by request, or did he just apply and this is simply his interview? It does become clear that Benedict Cumberwatch brought along a Sherlock Holmes-vibe is in the room. Though Cumberwatch has, thankfully, found a way to appear in a different way. Far more human and less arrogant. Willing to adjust to his surroundings. Which in teamplay means, other people. Excellent, because you’re not watching Sherlock Holmes, this is Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who get’s hired by the British Empire to help them with their so very secret project.

The film strongly reminds of A Beautiful Mind, lacks in soundtrack, but does give a deeply pleasant performance. Keira Knightly by playing Joan Clarke adds to that. Strong play, excellent interaction chemics and finally without the typical ‘boy-girl’ chase. The bar-scenes remind strongly of A Beautiful Mind. Both films tell you: relax a bit and the solution will fly up your face. Not a bad suggestion. The solution, when it comes up, reminded me of the translation of the Rosetta’s Stone.
The team is special as they don’t like each other.
At all.
Alan Turing thinks the rest of them are codebreakers who’ve merely had stupid luck. This changes, as is usual during a film.
About halfway they are there for one another, support and telling each other of. It’s a delight to see a woman beating the boys by strength of brain for a change. Especially as that was, at that time, not a regularity.
It shows how it’s very possible to be both colleagues and friends. How to be professional. The code needs to be broken, let’s do that!

The title of the film doesn’t get an explanation as far as I’ve seen.
It did deeply sadden me to read what happened to Alan Turing. It goes to show that brilliant performances, to safe millions of people, apparently doesn’t entail ‘freedom of person’ afterwards. That should have been the case. If he was still alive now, I’d like to formally and deeply apologise for having been alongside such morons that he couldn’t be left alone for that, even after all of his efforts.
I admit that if he had been a paedophile, I would have been fine with the solution, but Alan Turing was not. Simply a victim of his prudish time. This does seem deeply unfair and one wonders if, had it been now, Alan Turing may have had the chance to a pleasant life afterwards?

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