6 Views

The Imitation Game Review

This year’s BFI London Film Festival had the honour of opening its diverse array of film screenings and events with the European premiere of Morten Tyldum’s highly anticipated biopic The Imitation Game. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, the film is Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s English-language debut after establishing quite the reputation in his homeland with critically acclaimed films such as Buddy (2003) and Headhunters (Hodejegerne) in 2011 which became the highest-grossing Norwegian film of all time.

Tyldum’s historic drama is an adaptation of Andrew Hodges’ biography Alan Turing: The Enigma, therefore the main narrative focus is on the time Turing spent working for Britain’s codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park during World War II. However, the audience is invited to peer into Turing’s personal life through plenty of flashbacks and flash-forward sequences weaved around his pivotal role in helping the Allies crack intercepted messages from the Nazi camp. This technique helped explore the main character’s multidimensionality and aimed to highlight Turing’s homosexuality, for which he was prosecuted and forced to accept chemical castration as an alternative to prison.

Benedict Cumberbatch brings forth perhaps one of his best performances yet, perfectly capturing Turing’s sensitive brilliance and intricate intellect. The supporting cast is equally fitted, most notably with Matthew Goode enacting British chess champion Hugh Alexander as the charming rival-turned-friend type as well as Mark Strong as Major General Steward Menzies, who, despite not receiving a considerable amount of screen time, steals the show whenever he makes an appearance with his dry humour and on point delivery of lines.

In terms of storytelling, Tyldum skilfully extracts the narrative substance of the events and delivers an exciting account as the viewers find themselves hooked on the premise and rooting for Turing’s success. Unfortunately, the epic crescendo leading up to the cracking of the code flails towards its completion and somehow feels as if you’re watching the end of another film altogether.

Although the first three quarters settle comfortably into the conventions of a historical thriller, once the narrative tension is resolved, the concluding sequence seems overly-concerned with making a point and delivering the diversity message loud and clear via a dramatic montage epilogue, rather than opting for subtlety and relying on the viewers’ inferring capacity.

All in all, after seeing the film, I can now definitely understand the buzz around it. Boasting a strong lead performance, a plot with a historical significance and a clear cause connected to it, The Imitation Game is clearly one of the main contenders come awards season and is bound to gather quite a few nominations to say the least.

The Imitation Game will be released in cinemas nationwide on the 14th of November 2014.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Cinderella review
Arts, Film & Theatre
11 views
Arts, Film & Theatre
11 views

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Cinderella review

Georgia Grace - February 23, 2018

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia came to the Theatre Royal Brighton this week with a trio of classic ballet performances to impress a range of audiences.…

Billionaire builds colossal 10,000 year clock
Science, Science & Technology
26 views
Science, Science & Technology
26 views

Billionaire builds colossal 10,000 year clock

Luke Richards - February 23, 2018

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has gone ahead with a plan to build a giant clock to promote long term thinking. The clock's design should allow it to…

Neuroscience: it must be love on the brain
Science, Science & Technology
27 views
Science, Science & Technology
27 views

Neuroscience: it must be love on the brain

Luke Richards - February 23, 2018

If you're madly in love, I'd like to ask you to take a moment to consider what exactly is happening inside your brain. Love is a many-chemical…

Rockets and technopoltics: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy
Science, Science & Technology
44 views
Science, Science & Technology
44 views

Rockets and technopoltics: SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy

Luke Richards - February 23, 2018

The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy could become a defining feature in humanity's exploration of space, but this impressive technical feat opens up a new frontier of…

Should the monarchy be abolished?
News
19 views
News
19 views

Should the monarchy be abolished?

Will Cronk - February 23, 2018

YES William Cronk Since the time of Alfred the Great, this country has had a monarch of some form or another. The monarchy has provided stability and…

News, Podcast
22 views

News Round Up: UCU strike updates, tuition fees and more

William Singh - February 23, 2018

In this news round up of the week, Will and Deniz catch you up on everything going on around campus. Thanks for listening and tune in next…

Academic Armchair- iObjectify: self- and other-objectification on Grindr
Features, Top Stories
19 views
Features, Top Stories
19 views

Academic Armchair- iObjectify: self- and other-objectification on Grindr

Devin Thomas - February 23, 2018

The Badger Features Team interviewed Sussex’s Yasin Koc about his work on the psychological factors behind Grindr. He posits that use of the app is associated with…

The Badger Reviews: Derry Girls
Arts, Film & Theatre
23 views
Arts, Film & Theatre
23 views

The Badger Reviews: Derry Girls

Sophie Coppenhall - February 22, 2018

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MwnpSEzprQ[/embedyt] This week, Sophie our film editor, reviews season one of Derry Girls. Have you seen it? What did you think? Leave us a comment on…

Arts, Film & Theatre
35 views

Krater’s Valentine’s Day Special review

Daniel Green - February 21, 2018

Love was in the air at a Valentine’s special of Krater Comedy Club last Wednesday and, despite the pouring rain outside, Komedia was packed full of people…

‘Paws for Pensions’ among strike event schedule
Campus News, News
38 views
Campus News, News
38 views

‘Paws for Pensions’ among strike event schedule

William Singh - February 21, 2018

University of Sussex staff are hosting a full slate of events on strike days, including talks, teach-ins, and even a day to bring along your puppers. Members…

Exploring Mumbai Street Food
Lifestyle
36 views
Lifestyle
36 views

Exploring Mumbai Street Food

Louisa Streeting - February 21, 2018

Mumbai is a place that assaults the senses; an array of smells you’ve never smelt before, vibrant colours, and constant noises from the surge of tourists and…

Comment, Opinion
38 views

Comment Cast: Misogyny In Hollywood

Will Cronk - February 21, 2018

In the is episode, Will and Sophie discuss misogyny in film and tv. For more, pick up a badger around campus or read it online. Tune in…

Students need to support the UCU strike
Comment, Opinion
48 views
Comment, Opinion
48 views

Students need to support the UCU strike

Johnbosco Nwogbo - February 20, 2018

The question of whether or not the current UCU strike is justified is an easily settled one, if one took a broad view. According to the Joseph…

Women’s suffrage 100 years on: what’s changed?
Features, Top Stories
41 views
Features, Top Stories
41 views

Women’s suffrage 100 years on: what’s changed?

Roisin McCormack - February 20, 2018

As it reaches a century since the defining moments of women’s suffrage, Roisin McCormack looks into how much things have really changed. Is a celebration of the…

Retrospective: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch Drunk Love’ (2002)
Arts, Film & Theatre
29 views
Arts, Film & Theatre
29 views

Retrospective: Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch Drunk Love’ (2002)

Gabriel Ross - February 20, 2018

During a 2002 interview with Charlie Rose, when asked whether he is going to take some time off, Adam Sandler promptly replies, “I don’t really wanna have…

News
52 views

Live: Students’ Union decides on UCU strike backing

William Singh - February 19, 2018

U.S.S.U-Turn: 54 students decide stance for 17,000
Campus News, News
68 views
Campus News, News
68 views

U.S.S.U-Turn: 54 students decide stance for 17,000

Jordan Wright - February 19, 2018

On Monday 19th February, the Students’ Union Council will vote on whether or not to support the national Univerity  and College Union (UCU) strike action that is…

The Wombats: ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ review
Arts, Music
35 views
Arts, Music
35 views

The Wombats: ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ review

Matthew Nicholls - February 19, 2018

Three years after their last release, The Wombats are back with their long awaited fourth album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. Since 'Glitterbug' reached number 5…

Artist Focus: Ella Barkhouse
Artist Focus, Arts
48 views
Artist Focus, Arts
48 views

Artist Focus: Ella Barkhouse

Louisa Hunt - February 19, 2018

Ella Barkhouse is a second-year Brighton student, studying Fine Art: Critical Practice course. Her work ranges across all sorts of media, from some more traditional writing, drawing…

The ultimate LGBTQ+ books guide this February
Books
76 views
Books
76 views

The ultimate LGBTQ+ books guide this February

Shiri Reuben - February 19, 2018

  Throughout the month of February, LGBT History Month aims to promote tolerance and spread awareness of the historical and present-day prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual…