The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing during World War 2 trying to crack the Enigma machine used by the Germans to encrypt various communications. I was expecting this film to primarily focus on the Enigma machine and the attempt to crack it, but it focusses primarily on Turing himself, with the attempt to crack Enigma as more of a backdrop.
Of all the biopics I’ve seen recently (all two of them, the other being American Sniper), this is definitely my favourite. While it tells the story of Turing and his colleagues cracking the Enigma machine, it was the story thread following his personal life that really stood out to me and made it much easier to gain insight into his perspective. Benedict Cumberbatchs’ acting also helped immensely in achieving that.
While the acting from all the cast was overall quite good, the performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley really stand out. This makes it much easier to relate to and empathise with the characters, which draws the viewer in to the story much more and makes it more captivating.
Overall, I believe The Imitation Game is a very enjoyable film, with an interesting plot and interesting performances.