“The Imitation Game” tells the story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), the genius English mathematician, philosopher and cryptanalyst who was primarily responsible for breaking the German Enigma Code. The movie features key moments from Turing’s, through his unhappy and troubled teenager years; his work during the Second World War alongside the team of mathematicians, scholars, chess champions and intelligence officials who built a machine capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma codes per day; until his decline when he was convicted of gross indecency because of a homosexual relationship.
Besides Cumberbatch, the movie also features Matthew Goode (as Hugh Alexander), Keira Knightley (as Joan Clarke), Game of Thrones Charles Dance (as Cdr. Alastair Denniston) and Downton Abbey Allen Leech (John Cairncross). “The Imitation Game” has already been shown in the United States in August during the Telluride Film Festival and will be presented soon in Canada, in September, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Viewers from UK could watch it in October, at the London Film Festival, although its premiere is scheduled for November, 14 in the United States and November, 21 in UK. “The Imitation Game” should win the movie theaters around the globe by the end of March, 2015.
Considered the father of Computer Science, Turing died of cyanide poisoning in June 1954 and his death was little reported. His great contribution to the history of humanity was still a secret that only would be revealed in 1983, when Andrew Hodges published his biography which served as inspiration for the play “Breaking the Code”.