THE IMITATION GAME – Rated PG-13

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Based on the book ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA by Andrew Hodges, THE IMITATION GAME tells the real-life story of English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing.

Living the world of a loner, yet scholar in England in the 1940’s, Mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is sought out to become a part of the elite team that the English are comprising with to break THE ENIGMA code – Germany’s masterful communication code that they used during WWII.

Used to working alone, Turing is having issues working as a team, even though individuals almost as smart as he considers himself surround him. Painstakingly trying to devise a way to break the maddening code that the Germans have devised to transmit their messages, Turing decides that maybe they need a new mind or two to assist with their project. Devising a test that only the greatest math minds in the country can perform, Turing finds a young woman named Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), who might be just what their team needs to break the code.

Joan takes a liking to Alan, as he finds solace in their companionship, and finds himself asking Joan for her hand, even though he isn’t actually drawn to the female form. And as Turing, Joan and their fellow geniuses keep working on Turing’s machine – which he is bound and determined will eventually break the ENIGMA code – English Intelligence is growing restless by how slow the process is moving, as they need to crack the code a.s.a.p, thus giving them the knowledge they need to end to WWII…

Will Turing and his team be able to break THE CODE before more lives vanish from the earth at the hands of the Germans? Will Turing and Clarke be able to live the lives of geniuses and lovers? OR will their lives be forever changed by the cruelty of war, and the misunderstanding of what really makes Turing tick?

I give THE IMITATION GAME an A: This film is SUPERB!!! I was once again moved by the real-life drama of this film, and the incredible story that unfolds – seems like REAL LIFE DRAMA was what all the studios in Hollywood sought out to produce this year! Cumberbatch and Knightley definitely deserve their Golden Globe nods for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress this year, and I am guessing an Oscar nod for both of them will be in their future too. And Kudos to director Morten Tyldum also, as this film, and its intriguing, yet very personally evolving storyline keeps you totally engaged throughout each and every frame. If you are picking which of the many films that are being released on Christmas Day you have to fit in…make sure that THE IMITATION GAME is on your MUST SEE LIST, because it is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Kathy Kaiser