The Imitation Game Review: How to win a war

Walking out of the preview of this movie, I could only clap my hands for the wonderful performance of the cast before feeling angry on Alan Turing’s behalf.

The Imitation Game is a film about Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a British Mathematician who was a key figure in cracking the Germans’ Enigma code, which helped the allies win the war.  But after the war, his good name was disgraced on account of being arrested and found guilty of indecency due to him being a homosexual.

This was a brilliant film that was very well-made with a fantastic cast that embodies the characters to a t.  In a short span of about two hours, I felt like I was someone who suddenly knew Alan Turing as well as a friend and was willing to do anything to protect him.   Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing made him so human that it took me only a few minutes before I started to feel attached to the character.  There was so much to Alan Turing besides him being a genius.  He was a man that was in constant pain due to the loss of his dear friend and possibly one true love but he couldn’t tell anyone.  He had to keep it all inside because it was illegal at that time to be in love with another man.

“Hmm. This seems tougher than the Holmes cases I’ve done.” Source: The Weinstein Company

The part that really got me was towards the end of the movie, when he gets arrested because the police found out he was a homosexual.  Alan was given two choices by the government: go to prison or take hormonal drugs to suppress/rid him of his homosexuality.  He chose the latter.  Till now, it brings tears to my eyes to think about how a brilliant man like Alan Turing, who helped to win the war, had to be subjected to humiliation and sadness.  He didn’t want to go to prison not because he was afraid but because he didn’t want to part with his work.  He didn’t want to part with the things that made him feel closer to the only person he ever loved.

If only I could travel back in time, I would tell Alan that it gets better.  No man should have to pass on like this.  It was unfair to him.  I felt pissed when the film mentioned that he got a pardon in 2013 for the indecency charge and his works were all being recognized – almost 60 years after he died.

All in all, the movie is wonderful and a must-watch.  A brilliant and masterful performance by the great Benedict Cumberbatch.  I’d like to think that Alan would have been proud that his story was finally being told.




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