"The Imitation Game" tells the based-on-a-true story of Alan Turing, the brilliant cryptologist who, while hiding a big secret of his own, helped crack the Nazi Enigma code which helped win World War II. The historical thriller was adapted by Graham Moore from the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges. Directed by Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" opened on November 26, 2014.
In "The Imitation Game," mathematician and cryptologist Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is approached by members of the military (including Mark Strong and Charles Dance) who enlist him to help crack the Nazi Enigma code, a highly sophisticated cipher used by the German military. While many say the code is uncrackable, Alan accepts the task and brings on a team to help him, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley).
But Alan isn't strictly interested in cracking the code once, he intends to essentially create the first computer which in just moments can crack a code instantly any time is it called upon. This plan, however, is endangered when the military loses patience for this computer dream and starts to suspect one of his team members is a Soviet spy. To make matters worse, Alan has a secret, his homosexuality, one that if is exposed, surely means criminal charges."The Imitation Game" joins theaters already roaring with other great films including "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," "Dumb and Dumber To," "Foxcatcher," "Beyond the Lights," "The Homesman," "Interstellar," "The Theory of Everything," "Nightcrawler," "Big Hero 6," "Before I Go to Sleep," "Horns," "John Wick," "White Bird in a Blizzard," "Fury," "The Best of Me," "The Book of Life," "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," "The Judge," "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," "St. Vincent," and "Gone Girl."
Just a Mathematician
Alan Turing: "I'm just a mathematician."
Joan Clarke: "Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."
We're Going to Break the Unbreakable
Joan Clarke: "What is it that we're really doing?"
Alan Turing: "We're going to break an unbreakable Nazi code and win the war."
Joan Clarke: "Oh"
Enigma is Unbreakable
Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies: "This war, we're not winning it. If you speak a word of what I'm about to show you, you will be executed for high treason."
Alan Turing: "It's beautiful… It's the greatest encryption device in history and the Germans use it for all communications."
Cdr. Alastair Denniston: "Everyone thinks Enigma is unbreakable."
Alan Turing: "Well, let me try and we'll know for sure."
Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies: "Mr. Turing, do you know how many die because of it?"
Alan Turing: "I don't."
Maj. Gen. Stewart Menzies: "Three, while we've been having this conversation."
You Need All the Help You Can Get
Joan Clarke: "You're going to need all the help you can get and they are not going to help you if they do not like you."While Alan has the brains for the operation at hand, as Joan reminds him of, he does need some social skills if he truly wants to be successful.