Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game – tells the real life story of Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the British mathematician who in the 1940’s helped bring an end to World War II by breaking the Nazi Enigma code. He sadly committed suicide in 1954, after being arrested and convicted by the government for being gay.

The film depicts Turing’s life, including his interrogation as an adult at the hands of the Manchester police and his school days were he experiences love with another boy.

This film’s adaptation of Alan Turing seems to place him firmly on the autism spectrum. He appears socially awkward, does not understand jokes, and has has great intellect and a passion for understanding puzzles.  However we will never know if Mr Turing was indeed on the the 86th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals, Hollywood & Highland, Hollywood, CA 03-02-14

 The film highlights the main story which is that of the cracking of the Nazi Enigma code while also showing aspects of his social life and early childhood, so that we get a real insight into his character and the man who helped to stop the Nazis. The film also shows his prosecution for being openly gay.

Although we know how the story tragically ends, we keep on watching, enthralled and captivated by Cumberbatch’s performance.

Benedict Cumberbatch known for playing socially awkward characters of great intellect, such as Sherlock, also brings his own unique portrayal of this fascinating man to this film. It will be interesting to see if Cumberbatch chooses to comment on whether he believes Turning was in fact on the spectrum or not. Last September he comment that he has now had enough of the suggestions that Sherlock is on the autistic spectrum  and stated he did not believe so.


The Imitation Game (2014) – IMDb

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