Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015
The Imitation Game is based on the true story of Alan Turing, who, with a team of people, invented a machine that broke the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II.
Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is a closeted homosexual whose aloofness and sociopathic tendencies alienate him from most everyone. He befriends a woman named Joan, played by Kiera Knightly, who is the only female on the code-breaking team.
Cumberbatch is at his best in this role, bringing a very human side to a man whose mind works like a machine. He struggles not only with breaking a code, but with societal expectations as well. Knightly’s spirited Joan becomes Turing’s gentle compass, helping him find the value in others.
In addition to Cumberbatch and Knightly, who were both nominated for Oscars for their roles, the cast is A-list level deep with convincing performances by Charles Dance, Mark Strong along with Matthew Goode and Allen Leach from Downton Abbey fame.
Aside from the acting, much of what makes this film so compelling is its visual storytelling thanks to cinematographer Oscar Faura. His shots blend rich colors and smart use of light and shadows with artistically framed composition.
A film filled with historical significance, social issues, Oscar-worthy acting, beautiful cinematography and emotional impact … The Imitation Game is the real deal.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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