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The Imitation Game Review: Feel-Good Oscar Bait Biopic

Movie Review: The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a perfect Hallmark movie. With a true-to-life story, this biopic has more gravitas than your run-in-the-mill feel-good movie about an outcast.

Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a great performance as the socially impaired math genius turned war hero Alan Turing. The veteran actors – Charles Dance and Mark Strong – manage to make memorable appearances despite being typecasted. The rest of the cryptographers – with handsome Matthew Goode – make for an endearing bunch of supporting characters despite limited screen time.

Judging by the trailer and the fact that it’s distributed by the Weinstein Company, The Imitation Game is an Oscar-bait movie. The film takes too many liberties with artistic license to create a marketable product, not an unbiased biopic.

Non-Wikipedia sources will tell you that Alan Turing’s image is distorted to fit the film’s narrative, consequently turning him into a traitor. Characters are fabricated while others are neglected or thrown under the bus.

The audience is not shown what they actually do in Bletchley Park. Most of the film is focused on Turing’s misfit genius routine. It constantly tells us that he’s misunderstood eccentric until the film’s climax.

In the end, The Imitation Game is an award schmoozing story of someone who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

The Imitation Begin

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The Imitation Game is a superbly acted but neatly assembled biopic that distorts the image of its subject to create a feel-good Oscar-bait film.

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