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Finally! Here Is the Trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Imitation Game'

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | July 21, 2014 | Comments ()


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Alan Turing, if you’re not familiar, was an incredible figure, one of the most brilliant minds to ever exist. The father of modern computer science, he revolutionized code breaking during World War II. When the British government was done having him crack Nazi codes, though, they turned to persecuting him for his homosexuality (illegal in 1952). Given the choice between imprisonment and “chemical castration,” he chose the latter. Two years later he injected an apple with cyanide and ended his own life. (But he was officially pardoned less than 60 years later. Yay, humanity.)

So it’s easy to see why the upcoming movie based on Turing’s life, The Imitation Game, has been so intensely anticipated. It’s an incredible story, and one that could be easy to get “wrong,” or saccharinize, or just not do justice to. But the trailer looks to be doing all kinds of justice. The film is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, with a theatrical release in November. After that, it’s scheduled to win all the Oscars. Sorry, other movies. Maybe next year.




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    Insert gif of Steve the monkey from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs yelling, "Excited! Excited!" here.

  • cinekat

    Mmmmmmmmmmm... oh, I'm sorry, were you saying something? It's the math that gets me excited. Yes, definitely the math part.

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    FINALLY ! Bennie, Mark Strong, Charles Dance ... Can't wait !!

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  • John W

    Looks interesting.

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    CANNOT. WAIT. Has this been confirmed somewhere for TIFF, or is this just hopeful speculation? My friends and I are planning to go to TIFF again this year and we've been waiting not-very-patiently to hear if Imitation Game will be showing. Just, you know, for the film itself.. not in any way for Cumberbatch-stalking purposes. Ahem.

  • savagecats

    I am unreservedly excited about this movie.

    ~However~

    Women outnumbered men at Bletchley Park by 4 to 1. So I really hope Kiera Knightley isn't some sort of Math Smurfette.

    (source for the 1 to 4 ratio: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cul...

    Edited to add: I understand that the movie is about Turing and not Bletchley as a whole. But there should at least be the impression that Knightly's character wasn't the only woman who could add in 1940s England--there were a ton of them and they help the war effort immeasurably. That's my only point.

  • cox

    hey, there is a great bbc series about turings girls solving crimes after the war with math. its called bletchley circle. i assume you know it, but just in case.

  • savagecats

    I do know it. I've only seen the first season, unfortunately. Thanks for the rec, though!

  • cox

    yeah, im with you on that one. i hate to be the "but its not historically accurate!" people, BUT - they were called Turing's Girls, for fuck sake. they were many, and were credited for winning the war. i know the lone weird genious type is a better movie, but lets not whitewash the history completely out of women, mmkay?

  • Three_nineteen

    Didn't most people start working there after they built the code-breaker?

  • savagecats

    According to Wikipedia, 130 women (including at least 2 codebreakers) worked in Hut 8, which worked on, among other things, the Enigma. Turing cracked the Naval Enigma (the hardest version of the Enigma) in December 1939. So yeah, "most people" started working there after Engima had been cracked, but the war went on for 5 more years.

  • Three_nineteen

    I was just thinking that the trailer indicates the movie might take place mostly before the machine is done, which may account for the lack of women at Bletchley.

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  • Hollyg

    Oh man, I love Alan Turing so much. I started crying in the middle of the trailer. This is gonna destroy me.

  • Cumberbatch looks like one of those robot human bodies from Men in Black. I feel like if I push a button on the side of ears, his face will slide off and a slug will be piloting the body.

  • B. Garcia

    He's like a machine that was invented to more effectively chew through scenery.

  • Irina

    This is gonna be awesome, isn't it? And it's definitely gonna make me cry. My sister lost all her respect for me during The Fault In Our Stars due to the number of paper tissues I used up, so I guess I'm going by myself to this one. More Cumby for me!

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    Did you see Third Star? That's when I fell in love with the Batch. One box of tissues did not suffice.

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    World War II, espionage and Goode? Here, take my wallet.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Tywin Lannister, befollicled Mark Strong, Knightley (but not the Mark Strong one), and the unholy love child of my mother and brother? I'm in.

  • BWeaves

    I think you mean Tywin Lannister, or as we refer to him, "that sleazy lawyer from Bleak House."

  • savagecats

    Tulkinghorn!

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