Movie Review For The Players
By Samantha McCarthy
Cast: Bennedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing), Keira Knightly (Joan Clarke), and Matthew Goode (Hugh Alexander)
Director: Morten Tyldum
Genre: War Drama/Biography
“The Imitation Game” is based on a real-life story of a group of mathematicians and cryptographers who try to break the Enigma code the Germans used to secretly move their troops.
Alan Turing has always struggled with being a social introvert. He never really understood how to properly socialize so when it was time to start attending school he couldn’t figure out how to make friends. It didn’t bother him at all when he got bullied because he knew he was smarter than them.
Even though he was, by many people’s standards a genius, as soon as he was found to be a homosexual he was shunned in the academic world. As his punishment he was given a choice of jail time or hormonal medicine; he knew he couldn’t do his research in prison so he chose the medicine.
Throughout the movie there was a lingering question, “Just because someone thinks differently from you does it mean it’s not thinking?” Just because he likes men rather than women doesn’t mean that he isn’t human; it means he’s just different. People have always been afraid of anything different because it isn’t the norm.
In the ending scenes there is an unanswered question, “Is Alan Turing a machine, a human or something else entirely?” It is up to the audience to decide the final answer.