ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

This is the most amazing film that I have ever seen in terms of a biography on someone else's life. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, who becomes part of a team charged with cracking a Nazi code called Enigma. Along with Turing, the team consists of Hugh (Matthew Goode), John (Allen Leech) and Peter (Matthew Beard) all of whom are brilliant in their own area of expertise. While incredibly intelligent and talented in Mathematics, Turing struggles with communicating and socializing with his team, which in turn compromises their ability to believe in the project that he is working on. Turing eventually meets Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), whom is a brilliant Mathematician as well as Turing, and accepts her as someone he can talk to without judgement. Finally, after two years of trying to crack the code, Turing presents a machine with the idea that it can work like the human brain if given the right information. Eventually, through a series of trial and error, the machine works, and starts cracking various messages given out by the Nazi army. Throughout the film we are shown a series of different events that have affected Turing's life, such as the death of his best friend Christoper who he was in love with. Turing is eventually charged with indecency, due to the fact that homosexuality was illegal at the time. Turing's brilliance, and heroic efforts would not be known to the public until over 50 years after his death. The talent in this film was truly breath-taking, but the show was truly stolen by Cumberbatch who played possibly one of the most complex, and amazing people of the 20th century. The film is beautifully done, and it exposes not only how much one person can change his own world at the time, but also many generations to come. It is estimated the Turing's machine saved 14 million lives in World War II, and it continues to save many more lives today because his machine is now known today as a computer. Alan Turing, like Gregor Mendel who was the father of genetics, played a huge part in how we lead our lives today. Turing is truly a hero to humanity, and because of this film more people are aware of it.


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