The Imitation Game

Every real life story made as a film, especially that happened during any of the world wars used to have a gloomy phase in the script. What surprised me about the Oscar nominated The Imitation Game was the fact that the movie was an entirely captivating idea. Conceived in a totally engaging way this movie directed by Morten Tyldum is a fabulous depiction of a great cryptanalyst.

The story is about this mathematician Alan Turing. During the Second World War the Allies were finding it difficult to solve the code decrypted from the Germans. The Nazis used a special machine named Enigma in a peculiar way that at that time, cracking the code was a seemingly impossible task. The lonely mathematician and his team had to do quite a bit of work in solving this puzzle. How they broke Enigma, how they dealt with the secrets, how their leader faced a tragic life are what The Imitation Game narrating.

There are layers of thriller and personal conflicts in the movie which were smartly included in to the script. The three phases of Turing’s life were placed perfectly that you will easily understand the atypical character. Like most of the successful biopics in Hollywood, this one also has succeeded in showing us the effort, the entire team of Turing took to crack the code. Making the viewer equally thrilled about solving the mammoth task is indeed the brilliance of the makers. Well the climax facts and also the very personal side of the human being in Turing moved me very much.

On screen Benedict Cumberbatch was amazing as Alan Turing. The loneliness of the character was depicted through the body language. When such a less emotional character breaks down, the chances of you wiping your tears are more. Keira Knightley was smart as Joan Clarke. Mathew Goode also impresses as the chess champion Hugh Alexander. Rest of the characters in the movie was also supported by really good actors.

Direction was really fabulous. Morten Tyldum has kept the movie in a very intriguing way by filling scenes with a special kind of enthusiasm with the help of catchy dialogues and background score. The tempo of the screenplay never really goes down and the gentle deceleration that explains the character completely simply enhances the beauty of it. The dialogues are one strong plus point of this beautifully written movie. Nice cinematography and notable edits helps to keep up the rhythm. Art direction was also pretty good.

On the whole, The Imitation Game is indeed a moving tale and you should not miss this movie that comes with the “based on a true story” tag line. My rating for Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game is 4/5. Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine. Highly recommended.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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