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Review: Benedict Cumberbatch is the only puzzle worth solving in 'The Imitation Game'
Does the film do the man’s life justice?
There are two reasons Andrew Hodges’ biography of Alan Turing references “The Enigma” in its title. The first is in reference to the Engima machine, the legendary secret code the Nazis used during World War II, which was solved by a secret UK military division lead by Turning. The second is Turing himself.
Known for his advancements in computer theory (look up Turing Machines), BBC News noted that Winston Churchill once referred to Turing as having made “the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in the war against Nazi Germany.” Somehow he became a historical footnote until finally getting proper credit for his WWII accomplishments in the 1990s. Eventually he was pardoned for a “gross indecency” charge (which destroyed his life) by the Queen of England in 2013. He was a hero the Western world didn’t know about for decades and in many ways the circumstances of his death and the secrecy of his personal life made him as much of an enigma as the code he broke. It’s therefore disappointing that the new biopic “The Imitation Game” fails to do his life justice.
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'The Imitation Game': Telluride Review
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in Morten Tyldum’s film about the eccentric prodigy who cracked the Enigma code and helped win World War II
Benedict Cumberbatch is cornering the market on playing exceptionally brilliant problem solvers, first on television with his dazzling portrayal of a modern Sherlock Holmes and now on the big screen in a superb performance as Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code and helped win World War II.
Engrossing, nicely textured and sadly tragic, The Imitation Game is overly reluctant to dive into the nitty gritty of how the man who’s often called the father of artificial intelligence accomplished what he did, while the matter of his eventual arrest for homosexuality provides a potent and topical framing device. After significant festival exposure, the Weinstein Company has several angles it can play to build this prestige production into a considerable commercial success.
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'Imitation Game' Demands Oscar's Attention (Analysis)
“The Imitation Game” is clearly an awards contender: Complex, impeccably executed and unique. The film’s offbeat approach to an oddball character will be its greatest strength — and its challenge.
A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is an awards candidate in multiple categories, including the superb performance of star , as well as Keira Knightley (lead or supporting? She could go either way). Artisan contributions seem like shoo-in contenders, too. And the film, direction and screenplay are clearly in the FYC category.
The big challenge to both mainstream audiences and awards voters will be selling it. Based on Andrew Hodges’ biography on Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the Nazi’s code, “Imitation Game” demands that the audience work to keep up. When awards voters have a stack of DVDs and invitations to screenings, they’ll need a lot of buzz to lure them to a film about a WWII-era computer and the relationships among the real-life English geeks who are building it. What’s more, the first hour lays out events so slowly and carefully that you’re not sure where the film is headed.
The first lines of the movie are “Are you paying attention? Good. If you’re not listening carefully, you will miss things.” That’s a warning to audiences as well, and the second hour paying off big, with a heartbreaking finale. So it’s not an easy sell, but the Weinstein Co. team are experts at handling difficult awards material.
Comparisons are especially hard. At times, the WWII-era geeks of “Imitation Game” make it seem like “Big Bang Theory” as depicted on “Masterpiece Theatre.” In terms of awards precedents, it could be compared to “A Beautiful Mind,” “Atonement” (which also featured Knightley and Cumberbatch) and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” They all got awards attention, but to varying degrees.
The film ultimately celebrates anyone who is not “normal.” As director Morten Tyldum said at the Telluride Festival screening on Friday, he liked the message: namely “how important it is that someone is different.” That will turn off some voters but it should appeal to showbiz creatives. Because if there ever was a place where differences were celebrated, Hollywood is it.
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On The Imitation Game:
Benedict is a thespian polymath. There’s no role he cannot take on.
We had met to discuss another of his projects: a towering portrait — one of the great performances of the year — of Alan Turing, the man who helped break the Nazi’s Enigma code, in the film The Imitation Game. Watching the movie, I was struck by his approach to Turing: the way he grasped and captured the man, not just the cliched genius. The film is all the more heartbreaking because of it.
The Imitation Game shows how the boundaries of class and status were broken by the disparate group gathered at Bletchley Park.
‘That was an incredible, rag-tag group of brave, stoic, quiet heroes,’ Cumberbatch marvelled.
‘I say rag-tag, in the sense that they were mathematicians, physicists, crossword enthusiasts … really anyone who had an intellect and a prowess that might help solve this puzzle.
‘Turing may have had eccentric behaviour; he may have had certain tropes of being different, but this was a whole team of “different” people, brought together in a crisis.’
The star said that Turing was guileless about his sexuality. ‘When he was arrested by the police he told them outright that he’d had a sexual relationship with another man.
‘He just gave them the information, and the sad thing was that he’d been with a rent boy. He’d never had a stable relationship.’
However, the film does explore Turing’s close friendship with Joan Clarke, another code-breaker at Bletchley Park. Clarke is portrayed by Keira Knightley, and she’s sensational. Cumberbatch, who worked with her on Joe Wright’s sublime Atonement, couldn’t stop praising her.
We remarked on a particular scene where Keira’s Ms Clarke expresses the view that: ‘Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.’
That very much sums up a movie that will be given a sneak showing at the Telluride Film Festival, which starts today high up in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.
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NEW EXCLUSIVE IMAGE FROM THE IMITATION GAME :D
Courtesy of Empire Magazine 27/08/14 http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=42010
The only person that should be pardoning anybody is him. Hopefully, the film will bring to the fore what an extraordinary human being he was and how appalling (his treatment by the government was). It’s a really shameful, disgraceful part of our history.
Allen will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival this year which runs from the 4th September to the 14th to promote his upcoming film, The Imitation Game.
The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, will be shown on the 6th and 10th of Spetember. More information can be found here.
|Q||Hello, what kind of cipher is the "nxs lpbfuyqea kldn"? Lazy cracking it, but I guess it is some sort of enhanced caesarean cipher. (join-together)|
No idea. I just took it from some pictures of signage around the set. I tried putting “The Imitation Game” into a couple of Enigma simulators but it didn’t match. I suspect it might just be a bit of fun, but if you manage to make sense of it, please let us know!
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