A new The Imitation Game clip has been released online for director Morten Tyldum’s drama about genius mathematician Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing in the film, a brilliant cryptanalyst whose expertise cracked Germany’s “Enigma code” and helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies, but whose homosexuality made him a target of persecution. The film is told via a framing device in which Turing is under interrogation, and this clip comes from that portion of the story in which Turing attempts to explain his paper, aptly titled “The Imitation Game”. This clip is a swell showcase of Cumberbatch’s phenomenal performance, which is layered with subtly as Cumberbatch attempts to convey Turing’s intellectual and analytical demeanor while also masking a weariness just beneath the surface. It’s a terrific performance that’s not to be missed, and Cumberbatch will surely be a major contender in the coming Oscar race.
Watch the new The Imitation Game clip after the jump, and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard. The Imitation Game opens in the UK on November 14th and in the US on November 28th.
Via StudioCanal UK.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Imitation Game:
In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.