Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Imitation Game (2014)

Academy Awards, USA 2015

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nora Grossman
Ido Ostrowsky
Teddy Schwarzman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Benedict Cumberbatch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Keira Knightley
Best Achievement in Directing
Morten Tyldum
Best Achievement in Film Editing
William Goldenberg
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Alexandre Desplat
Best Achievement in Production Design
Maria Djurkovic (production design)
Tatiana Macdonald (set decoration)

The Weinstein Company
Directed by Morten Tyldum
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A brilliant mathematician is reluctantly hired by the military to help break the German code during WWII. He is disliked by all who work with him, except for the girl who falls in love with him. Unfortunately for her, he is a homosexual, but they get married anyway. The pressure mounts after months of intense work on an early computer that fails to get results, until a breakthrough leads to success. Years later, he is prosecuted for his sexual orientation by the same government whom he helped win the war. The melodramatic subplots feel like padding, the film could have ended with the breakthrough, but still an entertaining drama with good period detail.

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