This very fine and entertaining film feels more like a small indie treasure than a big studio release. Benedict Cumberbatch brings soul and depth to his portrayal of mathematician Alan Turing.
Of all the versions of the Enigma code-breaking tale brought to the screen, “Imitation” is the best. Visceral and understated, it captures the drudgery and urgency of the vital World War 2 work done by a small group of dedicated experts.
It sets up the war scenes by hinting at the sad private life of Turing, before and after the war.
Keira Knightley often annoys me, thanks to her tendency to gurn. But she reins in her excessive facial expressions here and puts in a fine performance as a woman in a man’s world.
Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) directs tautly and every scene feels important.
The supporting cast excels, especially in the gorgeous performances of Charles Dance and Mark Strong. But there isn’t a duff note here and it all draws in the viewer and stays in the mind and heart.
Do get to see it. The absolutely-packed Stratford East Picturehouse screen loved it. And so do I.