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The Imitation Game

  • 2014
  • PG-13
  • 114min
  • 90%
  • 8 / 10

The film follows the life of Alan Turing, a mathematician living in the early 20th century. It begins in 1951 when his home is broken into. In 1939, Turing joins a Cryptology team but his colleagues find him difficult to work with. He ends up developing a machine that he names Christoper, which was the name of the original person that sparked his interest in the field. Using this machine, Turing discovers that there is a Soviet spy working for them.

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Despite Alan Turing’s monumental role in the Second World War, his success was kept secret until the 1970s, with the full story being revealed only in the 1990s. Alan Turing was a gifted mathematician, and he took on a full-time role at Bletchley Park where they worked to decipher military codes sent out by Germany and its allies during the war. His greatest contribution was breaking the Enigma code. The Enigma was a cyphering machine used by German forces to send secure messages, with a cipher system that changed daily. His invention of the Bombe, along with fellow code-breaker Gordon Welchman, shortened the steps which eased the work of decoding the messages. The film’s title, The Imitation Game, is taken from one of Turing’s ideas in his research “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” where he proposed “the imitation game” which is a way to determine if a machine can imitate human behavior. Though outdated, it has spurred explorations into artificial intelligence’s nearness to human behavior.


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The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical drama film that was directed by Morten Tyldum from the screenplay written by Graham Moore. The film follows the life of Alan Turing during the Second World War. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role as Alan Turing and alongside him are Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, as well as Charles Dance. TThe film had a production budget of $14 million and grossed more than $230 million in its opening weekend, making it a big success in the box office.