Five Reasons You’ll Love It - October 8, 2014

The Imitation Game - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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The Imitation Game - Five Reasons You'll Love It

London Film Festival kicks off tonight (October 8th) with a gala screening of The Imitation Game, the new drama which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the tortured genius who helped win Word War II for the allies by cracking Nazi-Germany’s notorious Enigma code.

We caught a screening earlier today and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love this new thriller…


Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is worthy of an Oscar…

He’s not a dead cert to get the trophy, but this film will almost certainly score the actor an Oscar nomination because his performance is absolutely stunning. His portrayal of Turing, who was a troubled and deeply complicated man, is incredible, mixing the arrogance and hubris that comes with a man who knew damn well he was a genius, with the world weariness and deep unhappiness that was at the heart of Turing, flickering below the surface. It’s a total tour de force.


The supporting cast are on top form…

So much of the talk around this film will be about Cumberbatch’s performance, and rightly so, but he’s ably assisted by a superb supporting cast. Matthew Goode is particularly excellent as Hugh Alexander, the chess champion who Turing ousted as head of the team trying to crack enigma, but Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and a menacing Charles Dance also deliver excellent performances.


It’s a period drama, but pulls no punches…

The Imitation Game is a lovely looking film, lots of period detail, lavish locations and gorgeous set design, but this is no costume drama. There’s power and passion in the writing and the niceties are put to one side.


The script is excellent…

The film is largely set during Turing’s time at Bletchley Park, trying to crack Enigma, but also cuts between scenes from his difficult school days and his latter years, during the period where he was prosecuted for homosexuality by the police. Graham Moore’s script is taut and manages the jumps between time periods superbly.


This is a celebration of Alan Turing, but not a whitewash...

Alan Turing is a man to whom everyone in mainland Europe owes a great debt, and this is a very loving portrayal of him, taking great care to point out the difficulty of the task he and his fellow codebreakers faced and just how many lives were saved by their efforts. However, the film does not shy away from showing Turing’s dark side, his inability to make friends, his abrasive manner and his total inability to suffer fools. This is a well-rounded portrait of a complex man.


The Imitation Game will be released into cinemas on November 14th.

The Imitation Game - Official Trailer - The Weinstein Company

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