During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. (IMDb)
Ok. The next statement may be a tad presumptuous. But. This may be a perfect biopic. I have three problems with biopics. They a.) try to cram the entire person’s life into two hours (most likely with the same actor playing like a 20 year span) b.) Conversely, they sometimes zero in on only one event in the person’s life, leaving out everything else that made them who they are. c.) Get preachy about a certain trial or tribulation they faced. This did none of that. It focused on three very important, separate time periods in Turing’s life. Yes, the WWII era was the most prominent, but it used him as a boy in school and him in the early 50s after the war as a brilliant supplement to that time in his life. Then, after falling in love with this character, it moves more to the latter part of his life, where he is persecuted for being gay. It was done in such a way that it doesn’t hammer it over our heads repeatedly, but is still heartbreaking. And then, to top all of this off, Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant. One of my favorite performances ever from him. I can’t even think of more words to describe how great he was. Keira Knightley also gives one of the stronger performances of her career. The life of Alan Turing is an important story to tell. And this movie did him justice.