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The Imitation Game: A tribute to Alan Turing - 2 min read

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Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game (2014) portrays a thrilling biopic of Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). The film is based on Andrew Hodges’ biography of Alan Turing, titled ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma.’ For those who are unaware of who Alan is, he is a British mathematician and logician who made significant contributions to mathematics, cryptanalysis, logic, philosophy, and mathematical biology, as well as to the new fields of computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and artificial life.

The film takes the viewer to 1940s Britain during World War II and shows us an epic journey through one important phase of Turing’s life as a code breaker at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking centre. His Turing Machines, as they are now known, have resulted in tremendous advances in computing. It was due to his brilliance that the Allies were able to defeat the Nazis in WWII.

Turing’s battle to come to terms with his self-identity, as well as his interactions with his co-workers, propel the story forward. Along with the primary storyline’s mathematical talent, it’s important to note the theme to comprehend the historical backdrop of being homosexual in England during this period. Turing maintains his sexuality secret as it was against the law. He builds a bond with another genius, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), Turing’s former fiancée, to safeguard both himself and her status as a woman working alone with the cryptographers. But as the film progresses, we see his secrets getting unfolded.

We also catch glimpses of his childhood in between the film and his relationship with Christopher Morcum, revealing his hidden feelings. When accusations of being gay are made against Turing near the end of the film, the same matter involving his sexual orientation is asserted.

The film brings to light many issues that are still relevant today, such as societal bias and norms for how an individual should live. Above all, the film highlighted one of the most important things, about being one’s true self.

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It has to be noted that The Imitation Game is Morten Tydlum’s debut English-language film, which comes as a bit of a shock. Cumberbatch is near-perfect in the role of Turing. His delivery and flair are flawless. Another highlight is Keira Knightley’s powerful portrayal of Joan Clarke.

In the 2015 Academy Awards, The Imitation Game won the Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay by Graham Moore. The film also got seen other nominations including Best Motion Picture of the Year.

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Reshma B.

Reshma Babu, a young Postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore University, utilises her considerable learned journalistic knowledge and inherent story writing and sub-editing abilities to add value to the company’s media brands and the editorial team. All dimensions of human interaction are her prime focus.

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