The Imitation Game | 2014

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

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Main Plot

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians while attempting to come to terms with his troubled private life.


  • Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
  • Keira Knightley's character, Joan Clarke, is a brilliant mathematician who joins Alan Turing's team to help crack the Enigma code.
  • Matthew Goode's character in The Imitation Game, Hugh Alexander, is a key member of Alan Turing's code-breaking team.


In the end, Alan Turing and his team finally crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies win World War II. However, Turing's homosexuality is exposed, leading to his conviction for indecency. As an alternative to prison, he agrees to undergo chemical castration. Years later, devastated by the treatment and isolation, Turing dies by suicide. His groundbreaking work remains classified for decades, but his legacy as a pioneer in computer science is eventually recognized.

Morten Tyldum