Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Imitation Game

2014, UK/US, directed by Morten Tyldum

For years, I've been fascinated by the work at Bletchley Park, especially on the Enigma decoding program, but this is a bit of travesty in terms of the actual work done there, and bizarre in that it seems to go out of its way to make its protagonist (i.e. Alan Turing) less likeable than the historical record suggests was the case (though the details of his near-marriage were surprisingly faithful to reality). There's also a rather severe case of anachronism in the way that it presents Turing as being autistic in ways that those around of him would never have conceived in the 1930s/1940s. Scrupulous on the production values but otherwise disappointing.

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