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“Advise about keeping secrets: it’s a lot easier if you don’t know them in the first place.”
– Alan Turing

SYNOPSIS: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7Finally got around to seeing this, and I must admit that I did enjoy it. I was looking forward to it not only for Cumberbatch (though yes, big draw) but because I have covered Turing and some of his work for my studies, and I find it fascinating. So a movie on the man? To find out more? I was sold. The Imitation Game had a great cast working for it, and I enjoyed what they all brought to the screen. I did not want to throttle Keira Knightley, which was a really weird experience for me. Cumberbatch, obviously, stole the whole show here, and presented Alan Turing in a wonderful manner. He made you laugh, he made you feel sorry for him, and he never lost you along the way. His interactions with Charles Dance were simply too amusing for words. I was happy to see Allen Leech in here, too, and Matthew Goode was more entertaining than I can explain – his character Hugh Alexander definitely did not get along with Turing at all. Watching Turing’s whole team was a treat, from the exasperation, frustration, and finally admiration, the journey is quite a sweet one. Turing’s story is fascinating, and Morten Tyldum did a good job of conveying it to the audience without necessarily losing you along the way, but he certainly brought nothing fresh or new to the table, which was also quite disappointing from time to time. It is very formulaic at times, but that doesn’t necessarily cripple the movie. Sometimes there was also an issue of things happening in a totally nonsensical manner, but we were expected to buy into it because that was how they had to tell the story. I suppose there isn’t really time to flesh it all out perfectly, but occasionally discoveries and actions just felt forced. The Imitation Game obviously focused on WWII and the machine that decoded the Nazi Enigma code, as well as the code-breakers that worked incessantly and fruitlessly on it for so long, but did not necessarily explore more of Turing’s work. Also, do not go into this thinking you are going to get the average war movie, you will be sorely disappointed. This movie is about Turing, his work, and parts of his life. This didn’t thrill me as I was hoping it would, seeing how it has been pretty much universally loved. While not a perfect movie, it is engaging and well presented, and deserves a look, at least once, even if just to get more people familiar with Turing.

20 thoughts on “Rapid Review: The Imitation Game (2014)

  1. table9mutant says:

    Great review, Zoe! 🙂 I didn’t know much of anything before him beforehand but the story is fascinating (especially the horrible way in which he was later treated). I still wanted to throttle Knightley a little bit, though. 😉 I enjoyed the movie as I had very little knowledge of the subject but sort of felt that I’d have been better off watching a documentary. Cumberbatch was great, though!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Cumberbatch is ALWAYS great 😉 Yeah, this focused on one portion of his work, and not others, so if you want more of that a documentary will be more advised. He was treated terribly 😦

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  2. Natasha says:

    Great review BEstie! Is that our favorite Branson from Downton I spot? I need to get to this soon!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks my friend! It is our Irishman at that!

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  3. Awesome review Zoe! I loved this movie. Is there anything Benedict can’t do? I was surprised also that Kiera Knightly didn’t annoy the heck out of me as she usually does.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Kim! I don’t think so, to be honest 😛 Sheesh, I daresay she was pretty good then!

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      1. Have you watched the 3 seasons of Sherlock Zoe? I can’t believe we have to wait until next year for season 4 to air in the U.S. 😕

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      2. Zoë says:

        I have, and I have been desperate for more for ages 😦 2016 is too far away! 😦

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      3. They really shouldn’t torture us this way!😒😒

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  4. Good review. I liked the movie quite a bit and thought everyone did a great job in it.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thank you! I agree, it came together quite well!

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  5. vinnieh says:

    Nice review Zoe, still on my watch list.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Vinnieh. Hope you get to it sometime, well worth the watch!

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      1. vinnieh says:

        I’ve got so many movies I need to watch, my list is growing by the day.

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  6. abbiosbiston says:

    How weird was it not hating Keira Knightley???

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    1. Zoë says:

      It made me really uncomfortable and awkward, like I didn’t know what to do! o.O

      Like

  7. caragale says:

    Excellent work, Miss Zoe! I agree–I really liked The Imitation Game, but there were definitely some aspects of it that seemed kind of forced. But, hey, as long as I have my Bennybatch, I can forgive a lot. 😉 Also: “I did not want to throttle Keira Knightley, which was a really weird experience for me.” LOL. It’s so true!!!

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    1. Zoë says:

      LOL I understand that too well, as long as he is there, I can forgive a few things 😛

      Hahahahaha, it seems most people didn’t want to kill her this time around. She must have been doing something right!

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  8. Hey Zoe! Great review here. It’s not the greatest film in the world but Cumberbatch is totally worth it with his outstanding performance.

    Thought I would let you know that I’ve nominated you for both the versatile blogger award and dragon’s loyalty award. Keep up the excellent work!

    https://confessionsfromageekmind.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/one-week-two-awards/

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    1. Zoë says:

      Agreed! I think a big part of me scored it a bit higher based on Cumberbatch’s performance as well as how well the cast came together!

      Thank you 🙂

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