By: Nicolas Callegari | Wed 29 Apr 2015, 14:00
Not only are the performances from each and every member of the cast simply fantastic but also the story is just spectacularly written.
Take your phone out and look at it. Now look at your computer on your desk. Now look at your DStv Explora. Ultimately, we have one man to thank for all of these things – his name is Alan Turing.
Turing is widely regarded as the father of the modern day computer, the man who started out with a mission to defeat the Nazis in World War II and ended up changing the very way society operates.
If you’re not familiar with Alan Turing, here’s a very brief introduction. From an early age, Turing was obsessed with mathematics and cryptography but was always the loner in school, often getting into trouble because he found the maths problems far too easy and needed more stimulation.
In his later years was enlisted by a top secret department of the British Army, tasked with cracking the “unbreakable” Nazi code system called Enigma – a task that was, for all intents and purposes, impossible.
Turing and his team went on to create the first “computer”, with the sole purpose of using it to predict and crack the ever-changing code system used by the Nazis throughout the war.
After the war, Turing, who was a homosexual, was tried under British decency laws and forced to undergo hormone therapy to rid him of his “predisposition”. He committed suicide when he was 41 years old, but not before he left a legacy that would forever change the way the world operates.
Thankfully, sanity finally prevailed and Queen Elizabeth granted him a posthumous pardon in 2013.
The movie The Imitation Game is a re-telling of the story of Turing’s quest to crack Enigma. It’s a World War II movie with no fighting in it. In essence, you could say it’s the complete opposite of Fury (also available to rent on BoxOffice), but it’s no less exciting.
The cast includes a feast of British talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Mark Strong and Tywin Lannister himself - Charles Dance.
It’s not often a movie fills me with pure delight. I mean, there are movies that I watch and enjoy, but, man, there’s a feel-good sensation you get out of seeing real triumph on the screen.
The Imitation Game delivers delight in truck-loads. I don’t think it has been given enough credit because not only are the performances from each and every member of the cast simply fantastic (I mean, you really feel for Turing in many instances), but also the story is just spectacularly written. The hour and a half you’ll spend watching this movie will simply fly past. It’s not meant to be a light-hearted movie, in fact there are some very dark scenes, but it’s subtle enough to get the message across of just how terrible war is, without ever showing you anything gruesome or violent.
This will absolutely be money well spent if you rent it on BoxOffice.