During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
What I thought of it:
There seem to be an awful lot of films “based on a true story” being released nicely in time for inclusion in the nominations for the Academy Awards. This is one of them. This is also one of the excellent ones.
Alan Turing’s story is a sad one – a genius brain trapped in a person with absolutely no interpersonal skills, making him a fairly unlikable person from the point of view of most people; a lonely man who had nothing but his work and a secret that would bring about tragic consequences. But his contribution to the Allied forces winning WWII is undeniably one of the single greatest feats of any man of his time, and perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that his work was kept quiet for so long, and the pardon for his “crime” came far too late.
Cumberbatch is one of the leading lights in British acting, turning his hand to so many different characters with an ease and elegance that is both admirable and enviable – his talent is undeniable and his performance as Turing is nothing short of wonderful. Even having the highly over-rated (in my opinion) Knightly opposite him couldn’t take the shine off – he makes her look pretty good, to be honest! Every other actor is also playing their A-game here, in what is an interesting, intriguing, and moving film that celebrates the accomplishment of Turing and his team – an accomplishment that would remain a secret for 50 years.
Another one that will most certainly have Oscar nominations up the wazoo, for performances, direction, writing, best film, and possibly costuming, make-up and hair. I fear it may lose out to another true-story film about another genius (I’ll watch The Theory of Everything very soon), which is a shame, because it is so thoroughly deserving of every accolade that could be heaped upon it.