“The Imitation Game” Movie Review

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Going to college for my degree in Electrical Engineering (digital hardware design and electromagnetics) Alan Turing was a hero. A genius who gave us the first computer (and digital design). He laid the foundation for artificial intelligence and robotics, and, was instrumental in winning WWII. “The Imitation Game” is inspiring to all those interested in math, science, and engineering. Brilliant in every way. Absolutely brilliant.

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) goes for a job interview at the Bletchley Park radio factory at start of World War II.

His personality lost him the opportunity to get the job, until he mentioned the “top secret” mission of the job….”Enigma“, and how he is the only person capable of cracking the un-crackable Nazi code.


Hired to work as part of a team of cryptographers, Turing sits in a corner, by himself, to work on the task of cracking Enigma. What he decides to do is design a machine that can solve the riddle of 159 million million million different combinations…..the first Turing machine….the first computer.

Not happy with the way things are going, Alan talks to the shortsighted commander who hired him and was told to bring his complaints to Winston Churchill. He does, and is hired to run the crypto team!

To find more staff, Alan devises a crossword puzzle that was posted in the newspaper.  If that puzzle could be solved in less than 10 minutes, the person was asked to apply for a top secret job. One person who solved the puzzle was Joan Clarke (Keira Knightly).

Overcoming sexism, homophobia, and shortsighted individuals, Alan, Joan, and the team eventually crack the Enigma which leads to the Allies winning WWII, saving millions of lives.

“The Imitation Game” is absolutely brilliant (did I say that already?). Cumberbatch and Knightley were both nominated for an Oscar. Well deserved. Good for most of the family especially for those wanting to go to college to study math, science, or engineering: Take notes….you will learn about Turing in your studies  🙂

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Xfinity.

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