The Imitation Game [movie]
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code that helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and is directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
The film’s screenplay topped the annual Black List for best unproduced Hollywood scripts in 2011. After a bidding process against five other studios, The Weinstein Company acquired the film for $7 million in February 2014, the highest ever amount paid for US distribution rights at the European Film Market. It had its world premiere at the 41st Telluride Film Festival in August 2014. It also featured at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival in September where it won “People’s Choice Award for Best Film”, the highest award of the festival. It had its European premiere as the opening film of the 58th BFI London Film Festival in October and was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on 14 November, and in the United States on 28 November.
In terms of historical accuracy, while the broad outline of Turing’s life as depicted in the film is true, a number of historians have stated that elements within it represent distortions of what actually happened, especially in terms of Turing’s work at Bletchley Park during the war and his relationship with friend and fellow code breaker Joan Clarke.
The Imitation Game was both a critical and commercial success. In the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, it was nominated in five categories including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for Cumberbatch, Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for Keira Knightley and was also nominated in three categories at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The film and its cast and crew were also honoured by the LGBT civil rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign for bringing Turing’s legacy to a wider audience. As of December 2014 the film has grossed a total of $42 million against a $15 million budget.
The movie will be released across the middle east on January 8th 2015