During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalysis and war hero Alan Turning (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead end up arresting Turning himself on the charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War 2 Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant and complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save save thousands of lives.
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