By Nadia Ahmad |Staff Writer|
“The Imitation Game,” is nominated for eight Academy Awards.
This is a very compelling film and well worth your money.
The film is based on the true story of Alan Turing, a mathematician who was hired to crack an unbreakable enigma code Hitler and the Germans used during World War II.
This may not sound like an appealing story to those who aren’t computer science or engineering majors, but trust me when I say the film has a variety of aspects that makes it enjoyable to all audiences, especially college students.
“The Imitation Game” contains enough battle scenes for action lovers with a few plot twists thrown in to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Actor” for his role in the film.
Cumberbatch is mostly known for his roles in films and television shows, such as “Sherlock” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
Student Tanner Score said, “He did a really good job of acting like a weird, babbling genius.”
I, personally, thought that he really brought the character to life and was amazed by his ability to deliver such emotion in his performance.
“I think he has a real shot at winning that Oscar,” said student Deanna Bragg.
I was fascinated to learn so much about Turing’s advances in technology as well as the revelations of his personal life.
Turing was the inventor of “turing machines,” which led to the formation of computers.
The film focuses on the character’s personal life as well.
The film focuses, in part, on Turing growing up and being bullied for a majority of his time in school.
Because of his past, Turing is very reluctant to work with the other mathematicians hired to crack the enigma code.
Turing eventually takes charge of the operation and hires Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley, who teaches Turing that cracking the code will be much easier if he is friendly and open to working with the others.
Knightley’s character also experiences adversity within the film.
Clarke is the only woman on this top secret operation and is forced to prove to Turing and her fellow colleagues that she is just as smart and driven as they are.
Knightley is also nominated for an Academy Award for her acting in the film.
I have always been a fan of Knightley and in my opinion, she delivered a great performance of a woman struggling to work in a “man’s world.”
I think it’s important for students to watch this film because it holds more than just an entertainment purpose.
The film brings to life the importance of asking for help to achieve tasks that would be impossible to accomplish on your own.
Turing also teaches us that not everything goes our way at first, but it is important to keep trying.
In my opinion, the film is well deserving of its eight Oscar nominations.
I am excited to see how many awards it will bring home.