Life story of unsung hero for cracking Nazi Code now in film!
In World War II, the Nazis gained popularity and victory with the help of the encrypting machine called Enigma. The machine enabled the German military to communicate without their messages being intercepted.
To end the savagery of the Nazi regime, Winston Churchill appointed math genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to form a team with a mission to crack the Enigma’s codes.
With his team, Turing was able to decipher German communications. Thus, the British government credited Turing’s team with saving millions of lives while shortening the conflict in the European theater by a couple years.
Nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Lead Actor (Cumberbatch), and Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), the film is based on “Alan Turing: The Enigma,” Andrew Hodges’ belated tribute to the unsung hero.
Unfortunately, despite the pivotal role he had played, Turing was never really recognized as a national hero because of his homosexuality.
Instead, after the war, he had to suffer the indignity of being persecuted, arrested, convicted, and ultimately chemically castrated for being gay. That led the brilliant visionary to commit suicide while on the brink of inventing the computer.
Though that tragedy can never be undone, at least we live in more enlightened times, when an icon of Turing’s order might finally be afforded his due. A well-crafted character study which just might land the talented Benedict Cumberbatch a coveted Academy Award.
Excellent (4 stars)
Rated PG-13 for sexual references, mature themes and smoking
Running time: 114 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
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