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Family Movie Review: The Imitation Game (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 114 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The movie is about mathematics genius Alan Turing, who helped break the Nazi code during World War II and developed one of the earliest computers; he was a closeted gay man, and so the film discusses his sexual preference, depicts his earliest relationship, and mentions his use of male prostitutes; there are also some jokes about heterosexual sex and flirting. It’s all talk, though; otherwise, the film also depicts some bombed-out buildings and mentions the death of soldiers and citizens during the war.

Benedict Cumberbatch leads a solid ensemble in ‘The Imitation Game,’ in which he plays Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped break the Nazi code during World War II. Although his performance is well done, some missteps in the film’s final act keep it from brilliance.

By Roxana Hadadi

On some level, you may think that the recent film about Stephen Hawking, “The Theory of Everything,” and this film, “The Imitation Game,” about Alan Turing, are too similar to see both. Both are prestige British productions, starring up-and-coming British actors (Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, respectively) in their lead roles; both are about analytical geniuses caged in by something (in Hawking’s case, his deteriorating body; in Turing’s case, his social awkwardness and the British government’s ruthless laws against homosexuals). But whereas “The Theory of Everything” boasted stellar lead performances from Redmayne and Felicity Jones as his wife but an otherwise lackluster plot, “The Imitation Game” has one solid performance from Cumberbatch and an otherwise enthralling plot—a history lesson in British intelligence and secret-keeping that will remind you of 2011’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

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