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I may just be wasting my time here. The last few times I've bothered to post something to Livejournal, the the responses have usually been in the high ones or twos, but yesterday, I went to see The Imitation Game, and I feel I really need to say something:

See this movie. Please.

In case you're not familiar with it, this is the movie about Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team of mathematicians who developed the machine that broke the Nazis Enigma code in WWII (while trying to keep his homosexuality a secret; it was against the law in England at the time). If you're thinking that a movie about mathematicians can't be very exciting, think again. These people were racing the clock (literally) every day to try and save human lives. The movie is in turns riveting, funny and heartbreaking, and always beautiful. While some dramatic license was clearly taken (Joan Clark's own niece has said that Kiera Knightly was miscast because her aunt was "a very plain woman"), there is just too much good stuff here to miss (hey, Mark Strong not being the bad guy for a change, for example. You gotta see that!).

Besides, when was the last time you saw a movie where the protagonist is a scientist? Um, sorry, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner don't count here. Let me rephrase the question. When was the last time you saw a movie depicting the true story of a mathematician whose efforts shortened a war, likely saving hundreds of thousands of lives, helped to defeat the worst regime of the 20th century (and was gay and an atheist to boot--though the ahteism is only hinted at in the movie), and, need I add, whose work led to the device you're currently looking at.

Like I said, see this movie--if not in the theatre, later on video; You won't be disappointed.

The Imitation Game

Date: 2015-01-12 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fmullen7.livejournal.com
So glad to see a positive review - I don't follow most reviewers, as I usually disagree with them. I have wanted to see this movie since first hearing about it. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my favorite actors, so this is one reason, but I'm also interested in the time period (having read stories of this subject, and enjoyed them). So, if I miss it at the theatre, I will definitely pick it up on video.

Date: 2015-01-13 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msminlr.livejournal.com
I don't expect to get to see it in theater, but I'll keep an eye out for the video also. I had caught just the corner of a reference to it on an NPR show [just the bit about Cumberbatch playing Turing] but had NOT previously got the title of the movie.

Date: 2015-01-13 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msminlr.livejournal.com
I'm a bit of a fan of the whole Bletchley Park history anyway. Not an expert, mind you, but I *do* tend to accumulate things referring to it.

Did y'all see "The Bletchley Circle" on PBS the last couple of years? I read somewhere that the Bletchley Park Museum arranged for the set used in the opening scenes of the first series to be left in place, because the set-designer had done such a good job of recreating what the work area looked like Back In the Day.

There is also a book called _The Lost World of Bletchley Park_ which is a compendium of photos from Back Then and both before and since Then, covering the story of the actual house from the late 1800s to the time of the publication of the book.

Date: 2015-01-28 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evil-overlord.livejournal.com
oh thank you thank you *thank* you!! I only just saw commercials for this movie this past weekend visiting my mum, and it wasn't clear to me whether or not this was about Alan Turing, though I suspected considering the rest of the trailer....

Now I have to wait for payday and drag the hubby to the movie theater, if it's still here....

[don't think the hubby knows about it, and considering when 'City of Heroes' was still going he named our super-group on one of the servers 'Turing Machine'...well, you can guess he might be a bit of a fan.... XD]


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