I went and saw ‘The Imitation Game’ recently and it got me thinking.
Overall I think it was a very good showing with a stand out performance by Benedict Cumberbatch, who again shows he has a full spectrum of talent. I wasn’t so enamoured by Kiera Knightly’s performance. It wasn’t bad but next to Cumberbatch it didn’t seem to excel either.
Anyway this isn’t a review of the movie. I left the cinema with a feeling I thought was telling. Disgust.
I’m not meaning to ruin the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. At the end there is a sequence where the viewers are told about some facts about the effect Alan Turing had on the war etc. As I remember them they are:
- Alan Turing invented what other people at the time called ‘Turing machines’. Today we call them computers
- ~48,000 gay men were charged with indecency
- Alan Turing’s breaking of the enigma code was estimated to have shorted the war by 2 years… saving an estimated 14 million lives
- Alan Turing committed suicide one year after accepting HRT rather than going to jail
- It was only in 2013 that Alan Turing received a posthumous pardon from Queen Elizabeth
Of course being a developer I knew most of the facts and story however I still left the cinema with a feeling of complete disgust. Disgust over this instrumental man only receiving a pardon in 2013! Disgust that so many gay men were treated that way. It really is shameful that our country acted as blindly and non-sensical as it did.
Anyway dear reader I would highly recommend you see them film and I’d love to hear what you thought of it!