The Imitation Game, Toronto Round-Up

The Imitation Game has taken Toronto Film Festival by storm this week.
Acclaimed British actor and fan favourite, Benedict Cumberbatch, walked the red carpet with Keira Knightley in Toronto Tuesday night for the Canadian premiere.


At first glance Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician recruited to break Nazi codes, might seem familiar: Another intellectual character with a brilliant mind and poor people skills. But Turning is deeper than Sherlock and director Morten Tyldum fleshes out the character by introducing Alan young and old. Keira Knightley charms as Alan’s kindred spirit and Cumberbatch adds a touch of humour to Turing’s logical outlook. While the conclusion doesn’t do full justice to the scope of Turing’s accomplishments, it’s a gorgeous primer. 4 stars out of 5.

Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch’s most nuanced performance, this film is a must-see at TIFF. It is set in various decades of Turing’s life, and the attention to period details is breathtaking. One feels immersed in the world of Hut 8 where Turing and his colleagues were working on breaking Nazi code during the Second World War. Flashbacks from his youth and life post-war give us insight into the character of the man. Benedict Cumberbatch fully inhabits this character, channelling Turing’s genius and vulnerability. Secrets play a role in this films — whether they be about Turing’s work or his sexuality. 4½ stars out of 5

A solid biopic of British math whiz Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who becomes a secret Second World War code breaker by inventing the computer before revelations that he’s homosexual lead to his suicide. Keira Knightley shines as Turing’s faux fiancée while Cumberbatch’s sulky take on genius may be remembered during awards season. 4 stars out of 5.

The secrecy behind cracking the Nazis’ Enigma code, and cryptographer Alan Turing’s role in it, is the focus of this historical drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Based on a biography of Turing, the film explores the mathematician’s personal life and professional brilliance. The best part is the film doesn’t take a stance on his character — it lets the audience decide whether Turing is a genius or a monster. Cumberbatch’s performance is subtle and laudable. Don’t be surprised if he gets a nomination come awards season. 4½ stars out of 5.

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