After recently revisiting the 2014 Award Winning hit I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘The Imitation Game’ is without doubt one of the most creative and outside of the box takes on the second World War that will spark excitement in all searching for something more than the ever-present and oversaturated market of explosion filled recounts seen year after year in the Hollywood scene. Based on a real life story is only the beginning.
The film follows a well paced timeline through the life and military work of Allan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a completely emotionally detached yet increasingly complex and loveable Cambridge professor with a scarred past and a love for intellectual challenge. After getting through a bumpy job application for a top secret job revolving around the greatest puzzle ever encountered in British military history, Turing and a small select group of Britain’s greatest minds are put to work against the German communication system/machine known as the “Enigma”.
The film whilst from the outset seems somewhat linear, given proper time and attention becomes far more layered as Turing goes through the ‘Impossible’ journey to crack the enigma and put the war in the favour of the allies. The introduction of Joan Clarke (Keira Knightly), exploration of Turing’s past and the reveal of Turing’s homosexuality all intertwine alongside the main plotline and leave viewers stuck on a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the fine performances of the cast in this film. Cumberbatch and Knightly are perfectly cast for the roles and are particularly impressive as the leads.
As far as cinematography and large scale intensive shots go this is a war film that can easily rely on the enthralling plot and impressive cast performance to keep people in seats. Whilst the film does fall down slightly with some particular scenes feeling somewhat unnecessary or forced for the purpose of adding a more “Complex” feel, ‘The Imitation Game’ rarely takes a wrong step across its two-hour runtime.
The fact that this one is also based off a true story on an individual scale rather than just a war fiction makes it that much more appealing for a viewer who knew absolutely nothing about the story of Alan Turing nor his immensely impressive work and equally tragic treatment as a homosexual and as a military hero. Obviously fictional additions were made to the film for entertainment and plotline purposes however to think of the real life implications of the events entailed in the film is just jaw-dropping.
Overall, a powerful and immensely creative piece of work that travels outside of the box of traditional war films with impressive ease. Boasting fine performances from perfectly casted leads and supports ‘The Imitation Game’ truly is a must watch in the sea of modern wartime films.