Jan. 11th, 2015

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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.

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