Alan Turing's biopic - The Imitation Game

July 24, 2014

A film always has that extra something special about it when you know it's inspired by a real life story. Throw in 1940s London, a world war and a couple of Hollywood A-listers and it's a recipe for a hit. Based on the work of famed mathematician turned cryptanalyst Alan Turing, The Imitation Game portrays his work as he attempts to crack the Nazi Enigma code during World War II. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing was a pioneer in the realms of computer science. He committed suicide in 1952 after it became public he was in an illegal relationship, but this biopic detailing his influence and effort into helping the Allies win the war will undoubtedly bring his name back into public consciousness, and quite possibly make him something of a cult hero for techies. Directed by Morten Tyldum and co-starring Matthew Goode and Keira Knightley,  it certainly has echoes of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Atonement - the latter because of Knightley's previous work in the World War I epic - but as both those films were well-received, that's no bad thing. With all the hallmarks of a classic, British-set, mid-1900s spy film, The Imitation Game is set to open the London Film Festival in October.