English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II. — IMDB
THE IMITATION GAME opens on 1 January 2015 – but I got to see it at a prescreening. It’s an excellent true story with Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing) putting in what may be his best performance ever. Cumberbatch dominates the entire narrative in his portrayal of the brilliant man who, with Sherlockian logic and profound eccentricity, manages to break the Enigma code allowing full access to the enemy’s war plans. The film always provides an insight into the cultural mores of the time around sexuality and gender. It’s both an inspiring and tragic story – even if, ultimately, it doesn’t quite have the impact one would expect of such a story. It is definitely worth seeing and I have been inspired to follow up by reading the biography of the genius, Alan Turing, on which the film is based.