The Imitation Game (2014)
Synopsis from IMDB: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.
I’m not going to write up an in-depth review here because for such a mainstream movie there is already plenty of that. You can read one here, here, or here. I’m just going to talk about my reaction to this film.
On an emotional level I’m proud, yet horrified and sad at the same time. I’m proud of the young man and team that accomplished what they did. I think it’s amazing what Alan Turing was able to dream up and then turn into a reality. I’m sad about what happened to Turing. The man was basically tortured and his genius was turned into a nightmare. I’m horrified that the law, that a perverse system of justice, provided the disgraceful sentence that was given to a man because he was gay who probably saved millions of lives.
I also have to contemplate what would have happened if being gay wasn’t criminal in that time? What would have become of Turing? It’s possible that his genius could have provided the world even more amazing gifts. And what of countless other LGBT people who had to suffer and not realize their potential during a time when they were persecuted.
It makes one wonder where the world would be if we could allow all the inhabitants of this world to live to their potential and to raise us all up with every new idea, innovation, and artistic creation.
That’s where this film took me.