Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Imitation Game Review: Calculative and Complex
The movie follows Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch) during his career with the British Military. The story showcases several points in Turning's life; from his early childhood to his life after the war. The story structure to The Imitation Game was bit sporadic. It would jump between points in Turning's life and, in a way, the structure was reminiscent to David Fincher's Social Network. The shifting story was not a bad move. Even though the movie would bounce around years, it story was still told in a linear fashion that in no way left me confused. I did not find the plot to be thrilling, though it certainly got more complex as time went by. When it came right down to it, I felt that the story of The Imitation Game is all about the Alan Turing and his struggles during World War II. The plot to The Imitation Game was a character driven story oppose to be one solely dealing with the conflict of war; but that is not to say that element was not present in this historical thriller.
The Imitation Game certainly lived up to its praise. While the film was not a breakout historical drama, it still provided a solid experience with its compelling storytelling and terrific performance from Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie certainly captured a different perspective of WWII as well as showcased the intriguing career and life of Alan Turing.