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The Imitation Game - 2014 movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Title: The Imitation Game
Director: Morten Tyldum
Screenplay: Graham Moore
MPAA Rating: PG13
Year: 2014
Genres: Historical Drama, Mystery & Suspense, War
Rating: ★★★★ out of 5

The Imitation Game is an incredibly powerful and heartbreaking film starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing), Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Charles Dance and Mark Strong. Graham Moore loosely based the film’s screenplay on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, which went on to win the Oscar and WGA Award (Writers Guild of America) for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The story centers around mathematician Alan Turing and a hand selected team working against all odds to decipher Germany’s Enigma machine during World War II. And while there are triumphant aspects of the story related to the Enigma machine, Turing's story is also incredibly tragic. This is absolutely one of those films you just have to see for yourself. Imitation Game is a compelling, well written, thought provoking and superbly acted film.

Benedict Cumberbatch on "The Imitation Game" and Playing a Genius from the PBS Newshour

Learn more about Alan Turing

Alan Turing : the enigma / Andrew Hodges
The Imitation Game: Alan Turning Decoded by Jim Ottaviani - graphic novel biography
The Case Of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary And Tragic Story Of The Legendary Codebreaker by Arnaud Delalande (graphic novel)
The Man who knew too much : Alan Turing and the invention of the computer / David Leavitt

Books about Cryptography and Codebreakers

The secret lives of codebreakers : the men and women who cracked the Enigma code at Bletchley Park / Sinclair McKay
The woman who smashed codes : a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America's enemies / Jason Fagone
Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II / Liza Mundy
Codebreaker : the history of codes and ciphers, from the ancient Pharaohs to quantum cryptography / Stephen Pincock
Code warriors : NSA's codebreakers and the secret intelligence war against the Soviet Union / Stephen Budiansky

More Amazing Movies to Watch

The Theory of Everything - 2014 movie starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones
The Monuments Men - 2014 movie
Unbroken - 2014 movie
Enigma - 2001 movie directed by Michael Apted
Dunkirk - 2017 movie

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