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The Imitation Game: Capsule Movie Review

January 8, 2015

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“If you can’t find the right answer, first you identify all the wrong ones.” Joan Clark, The Imitation Game

Here to help you find the right answer to which movie to watch this winter is Ron Wells.

While we won’t tell you about all the WRONG movies to watch, we will help you find the RIGHT films to watch starting with The Imitation Game which is up for numerous awards and features the story of Alan Turing considered by some as a key figure of our century.

Many of my friends have seen this film and agree with Ron: it is one NOT to miss. Even better it is family friendly, appropriate and meaningful for tweens and adults.

We’ll continue with Wild (based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking 1100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail –and which I hiked all of), The Imitation Game, Mr Turner, The Theory of Everything, and Foxcatcher but not necessarily in that order. So stay tuned–subscribe!

The best film of the year releases the secrets—which had been classified for 50 years—behind the breaking of the “unbreakable” German “Enigma” code used during World War II.

tumblr_ngfmflAtt31u0z243o1_500Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing, the brilliant and offbeat man leading the group of British codebreakers (and crossword puzzle enthusiasts) who include Keira Knightly and Matthew William Goode, who have until midnight every night to try and unscramble the code before it is changed for the next day.

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Turing essentially invented the world’s first computer to help the group unscramble the intercepted messages. The secrets and lies that  pop up throughout the film are fascinating and infuriating, and the way the British Government ultimately destroyed Turing after he helped end the war at least two years before it might have ended otherwise is unbelievable.

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A great film in every way possible. If you’re not convinced yet, here’s a longer trailer.

 

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