【电影推荐】The Imitation Game (模仿游戏)
A Film Review for The Imitation Game
I went to the cinema not for Benedict Cumberbatch, but for Alan Turing.
Recently, I’ve read a newspaper article about this legendary figure and maths prodigy,who helped crack Nazi Germany’s secret code system --- “Enigma” during World War II by creating a sophisticated calculating machine as a prototype of the modern computer. Despite his tremendous contributions, he was later prosecuted for homosexuality which was illegal in Britain until 1967. Treated forcibly with chemical castration, he killed himself in 1954 at age 41 by eating an apple laced with cyanide. The film --- The Imitation Game is based on Alan Turing’s life story and serves as a tribute to this wrongly-treated wartime hero.
Above all, the film is a feast for eyes if you are an English drama lover. Cumberbatch alone is enough to put the film in the spotlight, let alone the co-starring of Keira Knightley as the heroine. You will run into many familiar faces among the protagonists: chauffeur “Tom Branson” of Downton Abbey (a lot fatter,L); inspector “Finn Polmar” of The Good Wife; agent “Merlin” of Kingsman: the Secret Service; lord “Tywin Lannister” of Game of Thrones…All of them exhibited excellence in interpreting their respective roles coordinately in The Imitation Game.
The storyline is actually simple and goes on quite predictably, yet you will not encounter boredom as some details are tended skillfully and intriguingly, such as Turing’s careless mentioning of the fatality of cyanide at the beginning of the film and his sharing apples with co-workers as a gesture of kindness in the middle. A little background knowledge about Alan Turing will add spice to viewing this film. Moreover, human emotions and relationship are depicted profoundly and forcefully in contrast to the cruelty of warfare and the cold-bloodedness of espionage. As a homosexual,Turing’s relationship with his work partner Joan (a female) is complicated.Love is hard to define in this case, but at least they cared much about each other, sharing ideas and willing to sacrifice for each other. My nose stung watching Joan try her best to comfort Turing when he deserved the least, when they had drifted apart for years.
Cumberbatch’s dedicated portrayal of Turing was beyond reproach: a typical genius scientist--- neurotic, asocial, proud yet genuine, loyal, upright. You might say his acting a little bit exaggerated in it, but I think it’s acceptable in view of the theatrical effects the film intends to achieve.
“I’m not a spy. I’m a mathematician.” His announcement lingers. Not even understanding the German language, Turing treated secret codes as crossword puzzles. It’s a game in his mind and he’s obviously expert at playing this appealing yet demanding game. Indifferent to politics and hating violence,Turing did all his work exclusively for science and his faith. Unfortunately,the society only sets up podiums for fame-seeking mediocrity. Like many geniuses, he was too sensitive and fragile to fit in with this treacherous world.
Alan, you absolutely deserved so much better.