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The Imitation Game (2014)

Director:
Morten Tyldum
COUNTRY
United Kingdom/USA
GENRE
Drama/War/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Imitation Game
RUNNING TIME
114 minutes
Producers:
Nora Grossman
Ido Ostrowsky
Teddy Schwarzman
Screenwriter:
Graham Moore


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Alan Turing Benedict Cumberbatch
Joan Clarke Keira Knightley
Hugh Alexander Matthew Goode
Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies Mark Strong
Cdr. Alastair Denniston Charles Dance
John Cairncross Allen Leech
Peter Hilton Matthew Beard
Detective Nock Rory Kinnear
Young Turing Alex Lawther
Christopher Morcom Jack Bannon
Dorothy Clarke Victoria Wicks

 

Review

Although The Imitation Game is a traditional biographical drama formulaically speaking, it has a couple of x-factors which elevates it above the run-of-the-mill level of some of the most recent British biopics (Diana, The Iron Lady). One of these is the enigma that is Alan Turing. Because although his life and antics are fairly well documented, there are certain parts of it (for reasons obvious to those who know the story) that are more open for interpretation or dramatisation, seen from these filmmakers' perspective. Another is director Morten Tyldum's ability to saturate his picture with tension and drive. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of how the film portrays the procedings at Bletchley Park (very few can, which means that on a detailed level, the film can allow itself quite a bit of creative freedom), but the interpersonal drama and power struggle surrounding Turing and his fellow cryptanalysts albeit somewhat paradigmatic gives the film a simmering, almost electric quality. And as the story goes from drama via war thriller to romance and ends in tragedy, it's almost impossible not to be immensely affected by the story of Alan Turing, even if Tyldum and his fellow filmmakers know a bit too well how to exploit it for maximum effect. Brilliant performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley round off this well-made film.

Copyright 05.02.2015 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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