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)


    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.


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


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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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