2 hours 15 minutes
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The British ought to be ashamed of themselves, mistreating the man who almost singlehandedly shortened the Second World War.
Alan Turing was gay and back then, being gay was against the law. “The Imitation Game” tells in fascinating detail, how this mathematical genius cracked the Nazi’s seemingly unbreakable Enigma code.
Benedict Cumberbatch captures the essence of the eccentric genius. Being super smart also made him seem arrogant to those not quite as brilliant as he was, nor quite as confident in his ability to crack the code.
“The Imitation Game” never becomes too aloof, as it traces the struggles of the man who created the first computer. Cumberbatch would have been isolated if not for Keira Knightley. She gives another superb performance. He was a genius, she understood human nature.
“The Imitation Game” takes us inside the soul of an under appreciated hero. This beautifully written, finely acted and brilliantly directed slice of history is all at once heartbreaking and spirit lifting.
“The Imitation Game” will live up to your expectations with four stars. You’ll come away with so many deep impressions, but most of all Alan Turing as a hero who deserved better from his country.