I got a break when I went to this. The box office guy apparently took pity on me and gave me a free ticket. Sure, it was probably because no one wanted to be liable for me in the event that place burned down or something and my gimpy ass couldn't hobble out in time, but still. That was a nice gesture. You know who could've used a nice gesture in life? Alan Turing.
In 1939 mathematician Alan Turing is tasked, along with another group of men with breaking Enigma, a machine that the Germans were sending coded messages with in WWII. At first, he doesn't get along with this colleges. Particularly, he clashes with his superior,
Ozymandias Hugh. (Matthew Goode) When he finally gets funding and approval to build a machine to counter Enigma, he esembles own staff, including Joan Clarke. (Keira Knightley)
Turing's genius made him a peculiar case, then there was the fact that he was hiding his homosexuality in a time where it was illegal. The guy had a lot to deal with, and ended up being very unfairly treated. I didn't know much about Turing before this film came out, but now I want to read more.
The film was wonderful. Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect for this role. At the beginning, I was afraid he'd be a little too Sherlock-y, but he was so much more than that. Keira Knightley also gives a stunning performance. Joan is very meek and understanding, but in once scene she shows so much fire that you wouldn't expect it coming from her. She was just wonderful, and she's easily moved to the top of my supporting actor list. The score was beautiful and the film well paced. Easily one of my favorites of the year.
Memorable Quote: "Oh, Joan's at the market..." - Stewart Menzies (Mark Strong)