The Imitation Game - the movie

posted Apr 5, 2015, 11:45 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Jun 7, 2015, 12:42 PM ]
While I watched “The Imitation Game” (PG-13), I caught myself saying, “Wow” several times. I can understand why the movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and won Best Adapted Screenplay.

For someone who likes to guess what will happen, twists and turns, whether in a book or movie, always make the stories so much more interesting. And, I love to guess wrong and be ‘called’ on it.

The movie is actually several stories wrapped around the breaking of the Enigma code in WWII by Alan Turing and his team. It is loosely based upon Turning’s biography, “The Enigma” written by Alan Hodges.

The personal, social, political, spy and war stories are well intertwined. The screenwriters and director masterfully unfold each petal of the lotus flower, not allowing it to fully bloom until the end. At first, I did not like the flash backs and flash forwards. I felt they broke up the flow of the story. Then, about a third of the way into the movie, the pieces of the puzzle started to form into an intricate and complex story. By the time the movie ended, I understood why the storyline unfolded the way it did. Any other way would have not worked in its favor.

The Turing story needed to be told for several reasons that I cannot discuss in this article without ruining the movie for you. If you have a chance, see the film and let me know what you think.