I can’t think of a more better, more talented and more distinguished actor than Benedict Cumberbatch to play this role. He was born to play the part of Alan Turing, bringing much warmth, intelligence and emotional conflict to this genius pioneer; making his performance staggeringly beautiful to watch. Already having established himself as one of the biggest hard working and uprising actors we have today, proving he can do just about anything in theatre, television and film to name a few, his work in films have actually appealed to me the most. Therefore comparing this to his other notable performances in successful movies that include Tinker Tailor Solder Spy (2011), War Horse (2012) and August:Osage County (2013); its obvious this is his most defining screen performance yet, clearly demonstrating the love and admiration he has for Turing effortlessly coming through.
As the leading actor who carries most of the weight that heavily bares down on both of his shoulders, I shouldn’t forget to mention that Benedict is also greatly supported by a brilliant cast of reliable actors who just happen to be some of the best we have in the British industry. Keira Knightley spends the most screen time with Benedict as Joan Clarke, an English cryptanalyst recruited as the only woman by Turing to work with him as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park, where they became very close friends. They are ably supported by other British talents such as Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance, who all give impressive performances also.
There are a lot of surprises and shocks along the way that I never saw coming during Turing’s frantic and desperate top secret mission in cracking the code. There’s one scene that is truly heartbreaking, leaving me with a big lump in my throat. It was so affecting and sad, that I was surrounded by so many sniffing, tearful women in the screening room. So words of advice ladies, make sure you have a handful of kleenex at the ready…
There were a couple of story elements I may have been a tiny bit disappointed with. One of them being Mark Strong not given enough screen time as Stewart Menzies, the Chief of MI6, whom while observing the code-breakers and their progress, may or may not have some hidden motives of his own.
Apart from that, this is an absolutely solid and remarkable, British landmark film. Whether its the acting talent on display that attracts you to see it or wanting to learn more about Alan Turing and the efforts he made to help win the second world war like I did, there is bound to be something for you to take away from this film that will refuse to leave your mind for days after.
In an interview with USA Today, when Benedict talks with affection about Turing, he goes on to mention how hopefully, this film will bring to the fore what an extraordinary human being he was and how appalling his treatment by the government was. When you see the film, you will completely understand and agree with what Benedict is saying here. Cannot highly recommend this enough.
5 out of 5.