By Justin Uitto
WHISTLER — Based on the famous figure that broke enigma in World War II, this film tells a story of a country’s dire need to crack a code and end the war, and an unlikely genius, known as Alan Touring, that possesses the key to do so – his mind.
Morten Tyldum immerses us in a rich period piece engrained with themes of sexist oppression, homosexuality, mental disease, and other societal ailments in the 1920s. The compellingly told story impressively incorporates these themes as integral antagonistic forces in the way of interestingly crafted characters.
Alan Touring, brilliantly performed by Benedict Cumberdatch, is a homosexual genius with major social hindrances. His Oscar-worthy performance succeeds in presenting a character that fits into the narrative perfectly. Other actors in the film include Keira Knightly and Matthew Goode. One of the strongest parts of The Imitation Game is the characters that help expose the social sentiments of that time while creating an interesting relationship between antagonist and protagonist. It’s the constant conflict of the opposing forces that are intolerant, yet reliant, on the characters we relate with that make this film as multi–leveled and dynamic as it is.
This film is a must-watch of the “prestige biopic” genre that will satisfy any moviegoer.BC, British Columbia, The Imitation Game, Whistler Film Festival