Alan Turing’s is a story that must not slip away from collective memory, so it’s a good subject for a film. It concerns the life and achievements of the man who worked to try and break the encrypted messages from the nazis in WWII and his subsequent treatment by the country’s legal system.
There are some great performances here: Benedict Cumberbatch giving Alan Turing completeness and Alex Lawther as the young Alan heartbreaking in one scene in particular. Kiera Knightley is very good as well, but the stand-out performance for me has to be Charles Dance. He plays Commander Alastair Denniston, a man with high-ranking military confidence and reserve but with a foot stuck in the less complex world of conflicts of the past.
It uses an interesting 3-timeline structure but also feels like it has to inject excitement into the process of code deciphering and computer architecture. This leads it to take a few too many poetic licences with the story where they perhaps are not needed.
Worth watching if you’re not familiar with Turing’s tale and worth watching for the great performances.
3 on 5
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear UK Release: 14th November 2014