Review: THE IMITATION GAME (2014)

Review: THE IMITATION GAME (2014)

THE IMITATION GAME REVIEW BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

THE IMINATION GAME brings us back to the early days of the second world war, when the allies were desperately trying to figure out a way to decipher messages that the Germans wrote with their top secret ENIGMA machine. The ENIGMA was a sophisticated device that allowed the German Nazi regime to exchange coded messages with their armies and it was absolutely crucial for the allied secret services to find a way to crack their code.
In order to work out a way to understand the extremely complicated algorithms within the machine, the British secret service MI6 puts together a team of extraordinarily smart mathematicians that are supposed to solve the problem. Benedict Cumberbatch´s depicting of the team´s lead mathematician Alan Turing earned him a nomination for the LEADING ROLE Oscar and was probably one of the strongest performances of his career so far! I really liked him in SHERLOCK but the role of the borderline autistic and complicated character Alan Turing is on a whole other level and in a way, it reminded me about Eddie Redmayne´s part in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Really top notch acting!

Just like THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, THE IMITATION GAME distinguishes itself through a beautiful cinematography, which makes it look like a painting and THE IMITATION GAME is one of my favorite movies of 2014. The soundtrack has a mystic, mathematical touch and is a brilliant addition to the great camera work and cinematography that we are allowed to witness here. Though I am really certain that Cumberbatch will have a hard time winning the Oscar over Redmayne´s brilliant depiction of Stephen Hawking, I feel like THE IMITATION GAME has very good chances for BEST MOVIE this year. Director Morten Tyldom is a Norwegian director that wasn´t really known for any big Hollywood movies yet, what makes it even better that he managed to pull this great movie off. In 2008, I had the luck to write about his VARG VEUM thriller FALNE ENGLER (FALLEN ANGELS) and I instantly fell in love with his style back then and I am kinda happy he managed to make such a great movie. So yeah, really happy about what he did with THE IMITATION GAME and am so looking forward to seeing more of his projects.

Cumberbatch´s female Co-Star is Keira Knightley, who was the only one of the main actors that felt displaced to me. I felt like her role was forced and I just don´t really like her way of acting. But yeah, she´s nominated for BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE someone in the Academy probably liked her. Apart from her, I really liked Charles Dance as the evil scumbag (he´s Tywin in GAME OF THRONES) and Matthew Goode from Watchmen.
The movie kinda takes the element of Turning´s closet homosexuality and uses it to point out the terror of the anti-gay movement during that time and slaps it in our face. I was deeply touched by the ignorance and injustice that homosexuals at that time had to endure and I am glad that the movie didn´t leave that very important part out. I mean, some studios probably would have backed out of a socio-critical theme like this one, but I am happy that the WEINSTEIN Company took the risk to get this done exactly as it is now. THE IMITATION GAME is very emotional and leaves the historical accuracy a bit in the background. And that´s a good thing, because the movie has its strongest moments when it focuses on Turing´s emotional state and gives Alan Turing a dignified remembrance.

Very compelling and moving thriller; from start to finish!