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On 19 November, Miss Drury and other members of staff took me and 50 students in Year 9 to see the film ‘The Imitation Game’ at Cineworld in Bexleyheath.
‘The Imitation Game’ is a mathematical film about how Alan Turing (a maths genius) broke the German code with a machine called Christopher, based on the real life story of legendary cryptologist Alan Turing. The film is a nail biting race against time for Alan Turing and his team of maths code breakers at Britain’s top secret Government code school at Bletchely Park during the scary days of World War II.
At Cambridge University, Alan quickly sees himself as a code breaking thinker with his theories about the potential of computers and machines. When war between Germany and Britain has been declared, Alan is signed up to be in a top secret group and the Christopher machine was designed to break the Nazi code. Alan then went on to try and win the war. He soon became in charge of this group and hired a female assistant to help break the code. The woman’s name is Joan Clark and Clarke and Turing soon became close friends. Turing proposes to Clarke but Turing is gay and struggles to accept his true identity. As being gay is illegal Turing has to make the choice between going to prison for two years or taking medication to stop him being gay. Turing chose to take the medication so that he could continue his work; however he soon commits suicide by taking cyanide and dies on 7 June 1954.
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch alongside Keira Knightly, Matthew Good, Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Rory Kinnear. In my opinion I liked the film as it was different to most films that I have watched before. I also liked how in every scene there was something tense about it. This is a film that educates and ’The Imitation Game’ is now one of my favourite films.