New 'The Imitation Game' Trailer Keeps It Quick and Cumberbatchian

Monday, 17 November 2014 09:23 Written by  iamrogue
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New 'The Imitation Game' Trailer Keeps It Quick and Cumberbatchian

Unless you're actually in Great Britain, the final trailer for The Imitation Game is the most British minute you'll experience today.

Stiff upper lips all around in this brief look at a film that has emerged as a potential player in this year's awards season shenanigans.

The stiffest upper lip and most talked-about performance in The Imitation Game belongs to Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as the brilliant Alan Turing.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch has been on a roll lately, from playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness to Smaug in the last Hobbit and the next, to Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.  The British actor with a silky voice and unusual charisma is reportedly Marvel's choice to play the Sorcerer Supreme himself in Doctor Strange.

Here, he plays Turing, the computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, and mathematician who was indispensable in the creation of the modern computer.  You may know his name from the famous Turing Test determining whether or not an intelligence is artificial.  In World War II, he was instrumental in the effort to crack Enigma at the Government Code & Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Britain's codebreaking HQ during the war.

Cumberbatch has ample support here, though, thanks to a cast that also includes Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, and even Charles Dance, who you may as Tywin Lannister from HBO's Game of Thrones.

Just last year, Turing received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth.

In a statement, British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “His action saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the ‘father of modern computing.’ ”

"So what we he convicted of?" you're wondering.  "Espionage?"  Nope.  In 1952, Alan Turing was convicted of homosexuality, a criminal offense at the time.  After enduring chemical castration via hormone injections, the 41-year-old genius committed suicide two years later by eating a cyanide-laced apple.

The Imitation Game, which focuses more or less exclusively on the Enigma effort, is directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Graham Moore.

The movie opens in select cities on November 28th, so check it out and adjust your Oscar picks accordingly.


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