27 May, 2016

The imitation game

This film won four out of eight Academy Award nominations in 2014, it was directed by Morten Tyldum.

It tells the true story of how Alan Turing, the mathematical genius from Cambridge, led his team to conquer all difficulties, beating the impossible, and helping the Allies crack Enigma (considered the most unbreakable code ever created) with his Turing Machine (what we would now call a computer) during the Second World War. This ultimately enabled the Allies to win the war two years earlier than estimated.

The brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch brings Alan Turing vividly to life. An eccentric prodigy, a gay man, a kind “boyfriend” caring about his girl so much but having to pretend to be a monster to drive her away for her own safety. 

Two subordinate story-lines cover Alan’s life before and after the war. A suffering, bullied “odd duck”, he developed an intimate relationship with his supporter and comforter in Sherborne School in the 1920’s, and we see his fate as a homosexual professor in 1950’s in England. 

The three story lines ingeniously intertwine and enhance each other, telling you about Alan’s painful life. 

It is a movie that makes you think. Yes, each individual is just “a small cog in a very big system”, but who makes this system works, and should each cog be worth treating respectfully or do they have to fit into a standard model?

As Bob Dylan wrote, “How many years can some people exist before they are allowed to be free?”, “How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?” 

The movie got an 8.1 rating in IMDB.

The Book, Audio CD, graphic novel, and the music sound track are available in Auckland Libraries.

Let me know in the comments what you think about “The Imitation Game”.

Title: The imitation game

Director: Morten Tyldum 

Recommended by Honour Z, Northcote Library

Honour Z works at Northcote Library. She loves reading biographies and nonfiction in general.

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