The Imitation Game (2014)Alan Turing, a closeted gay mathematician, attempts to break a Nazi… More Alan Turing, a closeted gay mathematician, attempts to break a Nazi code. This film consists of three stories that are meant to represent Turing's life, his code-breaking during World War II, his boyhood crush on a classmate, and his arrest for "indecency," and the principal problem with the film is the way these stories fail to come together coherently. Yes, each story closes, but what rises out of the sum of these parts is disjointed rather than a complete picture of who Alan Turing was. Benedict Cumberbatch surely gives a remarkable, Oscar-nomination-worthy performance, capturing both Turing's arrogance and vulnerability, and Matthew Good (with an extra E) is excellent in his supporting turn. Keira Knightley is fine as "girl," an undemanding part that she doesn't get in the way of. The script's repeated line got annoying, but so be it. Overall, this is a solid biopic about a too-long-forgotten hero.
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