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The Imitation Game - Film Review

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
A flawed genius

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team worked for two years to crack the code of the encryption machine called the Enigma in 1943 and shortened WW11 by two years and saved 14 million lives.

Now and again the world is blessed with a genius whose particular talent makes a contribution that profoundly changes lives. Turing was such a man.

'No man can crack the enigma code'
'Let me try and we will know for sure'

Turing is arrogant and brilliant, his mathematical skill were recognised as a child. He is emotionally fragile and unfortunately has no social skills at all. He is admired by his peers, but they will not help him, even after he gets help from Churchill himself to build a machine he calls 'Christopher', named after a childhood close friend who died.

That is until Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) befriends him and teaches him some basic social skills. A lifelong friendship is established. Now the team is able to work together and Turing has the power he needs to complete the task at hand. Christopher today is recognised as the forerunner of the modern computer.

One needs to pay attention as the film flashes repeatedly back and forward, on occasion showing the same time zones at once. Sexism and prejudice are a sign of the times and the British stiff upper lip is taken to extremes. One may feel sad or angry or both as this disturbing story unfolds.

This will bag lots of awards, one that will be missing is for verisimilitude and there isn't one for that. Was there music? I don't know - this reviewer was too involved to notice.
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