The Imitation Game (movie review)

The_Imitation_Game_posterOne of the best films not just for the year 2014, The Imitation Game celebrates the distinction of being not normal. That is right -the extraordinary, the special one. From honoring the great mind of Mr. Alan Turing, the popular mathematician who broke Germany’s seemingly unbreakable code called Enigma (the movie is loosely based on the biography called Alan Turing: The Enigma, by the way), up to his love for what’s different; this movie has shown more heart, mind and soul compared to a whole other good movies that were screened last year.

“Think of it. A digital computer. Electrical brain.”

-Alan Turing

Alan Turing was a brilliant man. He also was a homosexual. The movie was quite honest with this truth right from the start with its remarkably beautiful flashbacks. These scenes showed how the math prodigy came to befriend and later on love another male student in his school. Meanwhile at the present time in the film, World War 2 was happening and the brilliant minds of Britain that included Mr. Turing were put together to solve a puzzle than no one ever thought could be solved: the Enigma code. The Germans used this code to pass on information as to what would be done to whom, where and when. It has gained victory for Germany for a while and the secret group led by Mr. Turing had to break the code for the Allies to win the war.

“Alan, I so rarely have cause to say this but you are exactly the man I always hoped you would be.” – Mark Strong

Benedict Cumberbatch takes his acting into another notch by playing the indifferent Mr. Turing. He combined the smart-ass attitude that he portrays in Sherlock with a heart of a closeted man who truly fell in love in this movie and it worked quite brilliantly. No other actor could have portrayed the enigmatic character that was Alan Turing better than him.

“They’re not going to help you if they don’t like you.” – Joan Clarke

I also love how the other actors of the film fared along Cumberbatch. Among them, I liked how Keira Knightley fit into the character of a very smart girl who was fond of Turing and whom Turing was also fond of. Their characters’ sapiosexual behaviors made for a great couple even though they won’t ever get to the romantic sides of being in a relationship. Things eventually turned out sour but in the end, their care for each other was still evident.

“I’ll work. You’ll work. And we’ll have each other’s company. We’ll have each other’s minds.That sounds like a better marriage than most. Because I care for you and you care for me. And we understand one another more than anyone else ever has.”

-Joan Clarke

The historic thriller could be passed on as a war film, and a very smart one at that. But ultimately it’s about a love story, which is said to be illegal and immoral. The movie’s making a testament that love is never bad if shared between two people, even if they’re of the same sex or gender. The oppression and discrimination that happened and continues to happen among the LGBT community were revealed here, especially towards the end. No one’s heart could be so hard that the film won’t be able to touch.

“Now, if you wish you could have been normal I can promise you I do not.”

-Joan Clarke

Congratulations should be given to Morten Tyldum for being able to bring out such a moving story with his direction. And congratulations for the movie’s writer, Graham Moore, for winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie’s accolades (8 nominations for Oscars and a whole lot more) justify what the movie really is: a great one that is not short of being classic.

“Sometimes, it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”

– Christopher Morcom

The Imitation Game’s movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 5 out of 5


Star Trek: Into the Darkness

ImageStar Trek: Into the Darkness is one amazing spaceship experience in the form of a film. Watching the movie in the big screen was really worth it.

However, the movie started out as bland. I didn’t get to really like the first hour of its screening. The audience has been thrown the usual blah-blahs of science fiction films. Even the plot that was presented at the start was not that compelling. But this is J.J. Abrams (Alias, Super 8) and his film that we’re talking about here. Because when the movie was about to reach the climax, there was no stopping the suspense until the end. The blandness at the start changed and turned into awesomeness instead. The suspense during the climax was so high I didn’t want it to end!

The best part of the movie was Benedict Cumberbatch. He served as the one thing that made the viewing experience far different from the first film. If the first movie was a good movie, this second one won’t be as good if not for Cumberbatch. He exuded such presence as Khan (the major villain in the movie) that would intimidate every major character in the story.

The next best thing to Cumberbatch? The bromance between Chris Pine (as Captain Kirk) and Zachary Quinto(as Commander Spock). Their great chemistry in the first film carried over to Into the Darkness, and this could be seen in every scene they were in. Great friendship between two unlikely people has always been great to watch on the big screen and the film did not fail to show it.

It’s a given that Star Trek II boasts great visuals as such aspect of the film is a must in sci-fi films. There were a few oh-so-awesome visual effects but honestly, more could have been done. Nevertheless, it was satisfying enough in generaI.

I hope if ever there would be a third Star Trek film, the would-be team behind it would think of making it something that hasn’t been seen yet on any film. I’m not a fan of the TV series but I do like its film installments. I hope they would make it stand out and not just be one of those sci-fi films.

Star Trek: Into the Darkness movie rating by the pondering movie fan: 3.5 out of 5