2014. United Kingdom. 114 min
Director: Morten Tyldum Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear
Winner of the Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, this Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) biopic explores the troubled life of eccentric mathematician, World War II code-breaker, war hero, and pioneer of the modern computer. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he cracks the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s Enigma machine. Years later in 1952, British authorities enter the home, arresting him for charges of ‘gross indecency’ – an accusation leading to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality and subsequent downward spiral. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, The Imitation Game follows a genius who helped to shorten the war under nail-biting pressure and, in turn, save thousands of lives.
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