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Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, the person I recall in so many of my history of psychology readings as the builder of the first computer. He was brought together with a strange group of intelligent people to crack the Nazi Enigma code and built a machine that eventually did it. I really, really enjoyed this movie for many reasons. While the cast all around provided excellent acting, Cumberbatch and Knightley stand out in their performances. The writing is excellent, and the film has all of the suspense of a race-against-the clock story. The way the film is constructed in its modest shifts backwards and forwards in time to various periods of Turing’s life helps provide a lot of very interesting context about who he was as a brilliant thinker and someone who seriously lacked social skills. Cumberbatch portrays Turing sensitively and humorously; I just grew very endeared with the man by the end of the film. Big thumbs up for a movie I found seriously entertaining, from which I learned a lot, and is a great tribute to an intelligent man who contributed so much but was wronged by the society in which he lived. (2014, 4.5 stars)

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