The Imitation Game is the biopic of Alan Turing, inventor of the device that allowed the British to crack the Enigma code used by the Nazis during WW2. Turing was gay, illegal at the time, so the ‘Imitation’ required of him at once refers to how he had to appear ‘normal’ in society (to keep his secret), while having to understand, mimic and break the secret of others (in this case, the Nazis). The film is about social codes, how messages are coded, the meanings behind them, and the powers at play. We question throughout what is truly ‘significant’/important. The central metaphor of this film works well and is powerful. It means the issue of Turing’s sexuality is a theme throughout, no matter what you have read in some other reviews of this film. The movie does not dodge the difficult questions of his life at all. It is subtle, however, perhaps too subtle for some. Benedict Cumerbatch (as Turing) is superb, as is Keira Knightley (a fellow code-breaker). It scores a 9 out of 10 from me. Thoroughly recommended!
The Imitation Game, movie review