During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of gross indecency, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality.
Little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save millions of lives.
THE IMITATION GAME stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, was directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham. The film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, 9 BAFTAs, 5 Golden Globes, 3 SAG Awards, and it won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Graham’s screenplay won the Academy Award, the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Best Screenplay in 2015.
"The disturbing, involving, always-complex story of British mathematician Alan Turing is a tale crafted to resonate for our time, and the smartly entertaining 'The Imitation Game' gives it the kind of crackerjack cinematic presentation that's pure pleasure to experience."
"It's an undeniable pleasure to dig into a crackling spy thriller dished out by experts. The Imitation Game is an immersive true story that laces dizzying tension with raw emotion. And yet The Imitation Game doesn't dawdle over the spilled milk of social treachery. The roguish script by newcomer Graham Moore alleviates the feel of a musty period piece. And Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) directs with masterly assurance, fusing suspense and character to create a movie that vibrates with energy."
"Alan Turing’s tragically shortened life — he was 41 when he died in 1954 — is a complex and fascinating story, bristling with ideas and present-day implications, and it benefits from the streamlined structure and accessible presentation of modern prestige cinema. 'The Imitation Game' is a parable of disruption. It not only provides an origin myth for the digital age, but it also projects the ideology of the present back into the past."
"There are two stars in this movie. One is Benedict Cumberbatch, who brings his trademark precision to Turing’s minimal social skills and existential anguish. The other is Graham Moore’s screenplay, which elegantly weaves together three time periods and gets maximum resonance from the story’s central themes."