The Imitation Game is a brilliant movie based on the real life of Alan Turing, who is the pioneer of modern-day computing. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the many amazing actors who bring this story to life. He plays Turing, who is recruited by MI6 to break the Nazi Enigma code and help win the war. He leads a team of geniuses, including Keira Knightly and Allen Leech (of Downton Abbey). The team dynamics are interesting to watch since there is a battle of egos and Turing is very socially awkward.
Turing’s life is also very difficult because of his homosexuality at a time when it was considered illegal. In fact, the movie begins with the police investigating a burglary at Turing’s home. Later they arrest this war hero for gross indecency. It is a touching story about the life of this genius to whom we owe so much.
My 12-year-old son wanted us to take him to see this movie but we didn’t take him. I had read some reviews that made it seem like the homosexuality angle was discussed a lot. Though my son knows about homosexuality, I really didn’t want him going to a movie that went into details about any sexuality. However, when I went to the movie, I didn’t feel like there was too much inappropriate discussion for a boy his age. I thought the movie might be interesting for him despite being a mature drama. Turing’s hard work, brilliance, perseverance, and dealing with his social issues would be good to show a child. There was one scene where he mentions his penis being touched but that was the only thing I flinched at as far as inappropriate for a child. There are no sexual scenes though. I may let my kids watch this on DVD and try to forward or gloss over that one discussion.
For adults, however, I think this movie is very good and compelling to watch. I learned so much that I didn’t know. It also tugs at your heartstrings to watch the personal struggles and achievements of this brilliant man. I definitely recommend it and think Benedict Cumberbatch deserves an award for his acting.