The Imitation Game Monday, 13 July 2020

The Imitation Game

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Turing does the thing that nobody imagines.

  • Starring:

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance

  • Directed by:

    Morten Tyldum

  • Running time:

    114 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are tormented/teased, knocked aside, wrestled, kicked, punched, slapped. Object thrown/smashed, arguing. Trashed room/burglary, rubble, collapsed buildings, burning debris, children wearing gas masks. Air raid, Nazis, military aircraft/vehicles, warships, U-boats, submarines, World War II footage. Being robbed, German bombs, Hitler, children evacuated, execution, high treason, starvation, Stalingrad, Normandy, suicide mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse on stretcher. Bloody lip/nose/object. Soldier with missing limb, camp hospital, bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. Sexual-themed joke. Teenage crush, love letters. Chemical castration discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Pub setting. Smoking. Cyanide.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, a-word, bastard, bloody. Name-calling. Derogatory term for homosexuals. Actual and slang terms for genitals. Religious reference and exclamations. Sexism.

  • THEMES:

    Alan Turing, Enigma, cryptography, code-breaking, intelligence, Bletchley Park, secrets, mathematics, MI6, encryption, World War II, homosexuality, OCD, puzzles, engagement, moral dilemmas, statistics, spying, blackmail, playing God, chemical castration, suicide.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Job loss, marriage proposal. Deceased friend (mentioned). Pub, underground bunker settings. Black bear (opening titles), butterflies. Based on the book by Andrew Hodges.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Engrossing, textured, tragic, compelling, classy, conventional, Oscar-baiting, tasteful, well-told, skillful, old-fashioned, snappy, energetic, respectable, strong, stirring, triumphant, involving, bittersweet, rousing, absorbing, poignant. Outstanding performances, cogent screenplay, lush lensing, terrific production design, piano-and-strings score, moving flashback scenes.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Uneven, anonymous, familiar, diminishing, calculated. Lacks some drama/detail/explanation/tension, banal/repetitive/corny catchphrase, gets too cutesy, dismisses Turing's homosexuality, apes 'The Social Network'.

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