Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game is no less than a classic. Right from the acting, background score to the direction, the film is brilliant in every department. Released in 2014, the historical drama is directed by Morten Tyldum.
Based on the life of Alan Turing, the Mathematician genius and cryptanalyst, the film talks about his contribution in decoding German intelligence messages during World War 2 for the British government. At the same time, it hits hard with a sad reality that the ‘war hero’ wasn’t valued by his home country and was made to suffer due to being a homose*ual.
Upon the release of The Imitation Game, several debates took place on the accuracy of the project. Some criticised for exploring less of Turing’s homose*ual side while others bashed for fictionalising some facts. Forget all these major facts, but there was one key thing about Turing’s personality, which was intentionally or unintentionally kept aside by the makers.
In the film, Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing) is shown running in a couple of scenes. In reality, Turing was a long-distance runner. In fact, he had even tried to enter the 1948 British Olympic team but didn’t hack it due to an injury. Not showcasing the running talent in the film was surely a smart move by the makers, as it helped them to focus on the code-breaking process of Turing and the team.
Apart from Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game also features Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance and Mark Strong in key roles. On the commercial front, the film made $233 million globally and was a huge box office success.