Sound familiar? Well, remember that name. He is a fabulous actor certain to ne mentioned among Academy Award nominations on February 22nd, 2015.
Actually, Mr. Cumberbatch has appeared in at least twenty motion pictures since 2002, mostly in supporting or small roles. But in The Imitation Game, he plays the lead role as the brilliant English mathematician, Alan Turning, who is believed by many to be the key person in the invention of the modern day computer.
Because of his utter genius, Turning was brought in to the British government during the early stages of WWII to develop a system for decoding messages of the Nazi war machine. Being somewhat of a savant, his social skills were unorthodox and difficult to follow. But despite many obstacles, he managed to do what no other human being could ever do, which made him a hero of sorts who never received the recognition he deserved.
Turning faced many obstacles in his lifetime which I’ll omit from this review, allowing the viewer to discover such a great example of human frailty.
This is a drama. No music. No “F” words. No sex. Not even rolling and crashing cars on the Interstate highways. It is a deep story, based on true events about human beings facing struggle. It gives us an important plot and amazing actors, particularly Cumberbatch who is sure to be nominated for an Oscar.
Seasoned actress Keira Knightly, who plays opposite of Cumberbatch as a peer genius of sorts, is equally gifted as an actress, having to deal with the many weaknesses and strengths of the Turning character. Folks might remember her from her starring role in Anna Karenina.
Go see The Imitation Game. The picture is engaging, holding our attention from beginning to end. I wish there were more movies of this quality.
I would give this a 9 out of 10.