Flash Movie Review: The Imitation Game

Unless there is some kind of hard proof or evidence, I do not quite understand why someone would discourage another person from trying something different. Though I saw more of it during my school years, I still witness people putting a negative spin on someone else who is attempting to do something different from what they would do. You could easily extend this type of negativity to those individuals who were just being different, but that would take up a whole lot more space for today’s review. My way of learning something is to make a mistake because then I can align my logic with reality’s logic; did that make sense to you? I can remember building a science project and the teacher telling me I was doing it wrong. How did she know it was wrong before I was done? The funny thing about it was I had been building a work environment for a left-handed person; so, everything was placed opposite from what the instructor was used to as a right-handed person. Imagine if someone told Albert Einstein he was on the wrong track when he was working on his theory of relativity; I am a firm believer in embracing differences. It is our differences that can make our world a better place.    DURING World War II the Nazis were communicating by using an unbreakable code machine called Enigma. Assembling the smartest people of their time, British intelligence was not quite sure about mathematician Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate, Sherlock-TV). He wanted to do something completely different from everyone else. Based on true life events, this film festival winning dramatic thriller was a biographical blend of history, war film and intense excitement. I had some knowledge about Alan going into this picture, but I do not know how much of the movie’s story was true. But you know something; I could not have cared less. This film was so well done with a brilliant cast that also included Keira Knightley (Begin Again, Pride & Prejudice) as Joan Clarke, Charles Dance (Dracula Untold, Game of Thrones-TV) as Commander Denniston and Mark Strong (Body of Lies, Robin Hood) as Stewart Menzies. There was such a vibe of civility and subtleness throughout this movie that Benedict was perfectly able to convey to the viewers; he was truly amazing. I was swept away by this film; going through the same emotions at the same time as the characters were in the story. Just the historical importance of Alan’s role in history was enough to carry this movie, but I was glad there was more included from the writers. I for one was so grateful Alan was different.

 

4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on December 17, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I don’t have a problem with trying things differently when the idea actually is different. Fresh ideas are rare.

  2. Definitely in my top 5 of fav. movies of the year. good review of ideas!

  3. I really want to see this one. Nice review 🙂

  4. This film has been on my “must see” list since production started. I am glad it appears from your review to live up to my expectations.

  5. Wow a four-star review! Yes, I must see this movie!

    • I know! Granted I tend to be strict with my stars, but this movie took me away.

      • What do you think about The Interview being pulled by Sony? I’d be interested to hear your take on that…

      • I think it sends a wrong message. This act now opens the door for a variety of events, as example people who don’t like a retail store or sports team. What is stopping anyone from threatening any company. If I had a say, I would package the movie into a DVD at a low price, with the funds going to a charity. I think people would get behind it.

  6. I’ve caught a number of films dealing with the topic of Enigma over the years, but this may be the one.

  7. Saw this one last weekend – great film. My wife and I loved it. They may have oversimplify parts of the story (but with only 2 hours, you have to) but it still captured the emotion and magnitude of both Turning’s success and his later tragic ending. Everyone should see this one.

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