What You Need To Know - March 2, 2015

The Imitation Game: What You Need To Know
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The Imitation Game: What You Need To Know

After a frantic awards season when it was up for a string of gongs at just about every ceremony going, The Imitation Game finally comes to DVD and Blu-Ray next Monday (March 9th). Here’s everything you need to know about it…


What’s the plot?

The film is a biopic of Alan Turing, Turing was a genius, he basically invented computers and changed the face of technology forever, he was also quite a complicated chap, and it’s this complication that’s explored, very carefully and very tenderly, during the course of the film.

Although it largely focuses on Turing’s time at Bletchley Park, the film is cut between three times in his life. We see him as a young boy, struggling to fit in at an oppressive boarding school and also later in life, living alone in Manchester, trying to live a quiet life and avoid almost everyone.

The majority of the time though were at Bletchley, we see Turing arrive as a cocksure prodigy, we see him take over the team trying to crack the Enigma code, the code the German army used to pass messages to each other, a code that was considered to be unbreakable. He’s abrasive, brash and sometimes impossible to deal with, but you’re willing him to get there and crack that code…


Who’s in it?

Benedict Cumberbatch delivers one of his best performances to date as Turing, while Keira Knightley is on top form as Joan Clarke, Turing’s friend and short-lived fiancé. Matthew Goode and Allen Leach are also superb as Turing’s fellow codebreakers, while Mark Strong and Charles Dance give stiff, but powerful performances as government and military’s top brass.


Does it deliver?

It certainly does. We loved it when it hit cinemas back in November and you can read our full review here.


The Imitation Game is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (March 9th).


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