• The Imitation Game (2014)

The Imitation Game

Release Date: November 28th, 2014

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 2015

PG-13 |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma -- which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong

Director: Morten Tyldum

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Black Bear Pictures, Bristol Automotive

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: Emotional, London, 1940s, Fall, 1950s, Forbidden love, Moving, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It’s a marvelous story about science and humanity, plus a great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, plus first-rate filmmaking and cinematography, minus a script that muddles its source material to the point of betraying it. Those strengths make the movie worth seeing, but the writing keeps eating away at the narrative’s clarity — and integrity — until it’s impossible to separate the glib fictions from the remarkable facts. show more

  • 60
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    The romance of patriotism and pain, depicted here in lush greens and velvety blues, makes “The Imitation Game” enjoyable enough to render it a vindication of the formula. It disappoints as biography, but makes for a great yarn, even if you've heard it before. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Dominating it all is Cumberbatch, whose charisma, tellingly modulated and naturalistic array of eccentricities, Sherlockian talent at indicating a mind never at rest and knack for simultaneously portraying physical oddness and attractiveness combine to create an entirely credible portrait of genius at work. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Production Design
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture