Over the past seventy years, there have been many outstanding movies about World War II. Typically, those movies focus on the battlefield heroics of the soldiers on the ground. The Imitation Game focuses instead on the behind the scenes work done by Alan Turing and his team of British code-breakers.
Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a mathematician and not a soldier. The Imitation Game explores the struggle of an unconventional mind working within the confines of a government bureaucracy. Joan Clark, an unmarried, female member of Turing’s team played by Keira Knightly gives the audience insight into the social constructs that often limited the ability of women to contribute to scholarly and scientific pursuits. The Imitation Game also examines the proper use and moral implications of accessing all of an enemy’s military communications even in the midst of a life or death struggle for the survival of western civilization.
When The Imitation Game was first released in December of 2014, it garnered a lot of extra attention and scrutiny due to the fact that Alan Turing, the central character of the film, is a homosexual. However, the film avoided the temptation to get on a moral soapbox about this issue. Although there were some deviations from the historical record, The Imitation Game focuses mainly on the real life experiences of a real man. In terms of cinematic excellence, The Imitation Game got a significant amount of critical acclaim. The Imitation Game received eight Academy Award nominations and won the award for best adapted screen play.
Overall, The Imitation Game is a well-crafted and well-acted film. The Imitation Game is educational and entertaining, and it asks challenging questions of its audience. For those reasons, this film is definitely worth renting and viewing.