Film of the Day – The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game

Based on the real life events that took place at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, Benedict Cumberbatch delivers an excellent performance as Alan Turing – the mathematician and exceptional cryptographer who worked as lead codebreaker, determined to break the communication codes used by the Nazis’ in Morten Tyldum’s film, The Imitation Game.

The historical drama uncovers Alan’s logic, his relationships and the difficulty he faces with his illegal homosexuality. Under constant pressure from Commander Denniston to achieve results, socially obtuse Alan faces a daily battle with his colleagues who are offended by his arrogance, resulting in him working alone on a machine that he believes will crack any code entered into Enigma.

Although the film is focused on the codes, the drama that surrounds Turing’s life from his relationship with Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley) to the forced chemical castration he endured, the story is far more complex that a boy genius who has a language for numbers.