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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Movie Review: The Imitation Game - Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

The quality of movies we have seen lately is exceptionally good. "The Imitation Game" is right up there at the top with "Selma," "Unbroken," and "Wild." Yet, all three movies are wildly different. The one common thread is they each deal with one unique person living life the best they can.

In "The Imitation Game" the protagonist, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), is a cipher genius, cryptanalyst, mathematician and logician who loves cryptoquizzes, crosswords and puzzles. His personality grates on those around him. He is socially inept, focused only on the task at hand, doesn't play well with others, and is quite imperious. Of course, a person does need to be overbearing if your job requires you to solve the Nazi's "Enigma" code. The "Enigma" code was unbreakable. Nazis were able to send messages at will to their troops sending them off to attack their enemies.

The story of Alan Turing is told from three points in his history: (1) in 1951, police officers visit Turing at his home and become suspicious of his activities; (2) the war years, and (3) his childhood years at a private, upper-class, British boarding school where we learn of his affection for another boy.

MI6, Great Britain's Secret Service, hired geniuses to break the code. All of their hires were to work together as a team (at London's Bletchley Park) to solve the mystery of the code.

Alan, who felt superior to the other team members, asks Commander Dennison to put him in charge. When Dennison refuses, Alan goes one higher up the chain of command to Winston Churhill. Churchill puts him in command of the group, much to the chagrin of Commander Dennison.

Like a good novel you can't put down, "The Imitation Game" is a movie you can't stop watching. Five stars. 

7 comments:

  1. Hopefully, I can manage if the theater isn't crowded. Have to have the leg elevated. This will be my first attempt at a theater and this movie sounds so good.

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    1. Can be difficult to elevate your leg in a movie theater. I hope you can manage.

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  2. There are a lot of good movies out now.

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    1. There sure are. I read your review of "Unbroken." We enjoyed that one too. I agree they could have put a lot more in the movie, maybe they should have made two movies!!

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  3. Just sent you a message on gmail. We will be at Seawind RV Park 1066 East FM 628 Riviera, TX 78379 until the end of the month. Let me know if you can make it, would love to see you and Bob.

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  4. Good review. Love Cumberbach. Haven't seen The Imitation Game yet, but plan to.

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  5. Good review. Love Cumberbach. Haven't seen The Imitation Game yet, but plan to.

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