The first trailer has been released for the period biopic The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the pioneering scientist Alan Turing. Turing is famous for his involvement in the breaking of German codes during WWII. A genius and a hero, Turing’s story took a tragic turn after the War when he was arrested for being in a homosexual relationship, eventually leading to his suicide. Turing’s life ended horrifically and unfairly, so it is good to see that his life and work will be honoured onscreen, reminding the world what he did to save it. The film has recently been announced as the opening film of the 58th London Film Festival. If Cumberbatch is as strong in the film as he looks in the trailer, then he might be on his way to scoring his first Oscar nomination in 2015. The film also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance.
Here is the official synopsis:
The Imitation Game portrays the race against time by Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) and his team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. The motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers had a powerful ally in Prime Minister Winston Churchill who authorized the provision of any resource they required. It spans the key periods of Turing’s life, from his unhappy teenage years at boarding school and the triumph of his secret wartime work on the revolutionary electro-mechanical Bombe, which was capable of breaking 3,000 Enigma-generated naval codes a day, to the tragedy of his post-war decline, following his conviction for a now outdated criminal offence.
And here is the trailer:
The Imitation Game will be released in Australian cinemas on January 1st 2015.