The Imitation Game

  • tiger123

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    Feb 02, 2015 7:46 AM GMT
    A must watch movie!!
    who has seen it? or planning to watch it?
    what did you think of it?
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    Feb 02, 2015 6:19 PM GMT
    Saw it Friday night.

    I wasn't very impressed. I suppose it's worthwhile for people who don't already know the story and who don't read books. They went a bit over the top in overly-dramatizing and compressing everything, for the sake of a two hour movie. It comes off as a bit clownish.

    For example the Turing portrayed by the film is so dysfunctional that he could not have survived life on his own (much less as a professor!) But the public does like to see scientists and gay men to be shown as somehow inferior, and therefore "safe."

    The idea that he built the machine, by himself, from scratch, in a back room, is simply preposterous. As is the notion that he came up with the strategy for keeping the Enigma solution secret, on the spur of the moment, at the moment of the solution. The movie is equally flippant about most of the major plot points.
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    Feb 02, 2015 9:47 PM GMT
    mindgarden said... Turing portrayed by the film is so dysfunctional that he could not have survived life on his own...
    Mr. Turning was not represented will in the movie. On one had he was portrayed as a dis-functioal but on the other hand he was not only a mathematician, mechanical engineer but had excellent people skills and emotional composure.

    in a hostile environment:
    -Turning was able to manage a staff of developers, deliver a mechanical machine with a fast turn around. This is not an easy task even now.
    -Turning was able to work with in a budget for this team.
    -Turning was always one step ahead of the political balance between team members and the war time spys and office politics.
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    Feb 02, 2015 11:00 PM GMT
    True, filmmakers take liberties with historical dramas. But this was a wonderful film, supremely well written, cast, acted, and directed. The job interview scene is worth watching again and again. I work in an IT field so it was exciting to see a dramatic interpretation of the most foundational character in computer development. In its portrayal of Alan and Joan (one gay, one female) the movie made a subtle yet convincing point about the pointlessness of throwing away the talents of minorities for no other reasons than that they are minorities.
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    Feb 03, 2015 12:28 AM GMT
    saw it 2 weeks ago.

    was not impressed by the acting. it was too dramatic and not really realistic.

    kinda looked like a lifetime tv movie tbh.

    it's good tho!
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    Feb 03, 2015 3:59 AM GMT
    The movie is a landmark as far recognizing the contributions of an unsung hero who was rewarded for his work with chemical castration. At least "Her Majesty" pardoned him for being gay just recently!

    And it's a huge step up from the film "Enigma", where Dougray Scott played a heterosexual stand-in for Alan Turing in a jazzed up spy version of his story.
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    Feb 03, 2015 4:18 AM GMT
    I watched it and It was a great movie.
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    Feb 04, 2015 3:36 AM GMT
    The Spanish “art-rock” band Hidrogenesse released a tribute album to Alan Turing in 2012. It’s quite poetic, the opening track is “a kiss to wake Alan Turing up” (Turing’s believed to have committed suicide by eating a poisoned apple). It also addresses Turing’s childhood (“Christopher”), his ideas about artificial intelligence ("CAPTCHA Cha-Cha”), and troubles with the British government due to his sexuality (“Enigma”). It ends with the “Historia del mundo contada por las computadoras” (history of the world told by computers). Check out the full album on Youtube, be sure to turn on closed captioning for the English subtitles when available:

    http://youtu.be/OvWlRceGRv0?list=PLAA11294947A7AC47

    Sorry, I don’t post much (or at all) but I think if you’re a Turing fan this is a pretty interesting tribute to know about. The Imitation Game hasn’t been released yet in Mexico but I look forward to checking it out soon.
  • tiger123

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    Feb 04, 2015 5:28 AM GMT
    mpfess!! thanks for the post!!
  • KissTheSky

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    Feb 05, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    Imitation Game was so moving and inspiring! I hope it wins some Oscars -- it's definitely deserving.
  • mstone18

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    Feb 05, 2015 3:15 AM GMT
    People tend to see what they want to see. Straight people want to see tradgically flawed straight people acting gay.

    The reality is usually far more complex than they have the attention span.

    I'm not sure I am qualified to speak for gay people, or anyone other than myself. But I would like to see the story of a person who was brilliant but trapped by circumstance.

    Someone who found a way to work within the system on the edge, until it was inconvenient.. or perhaps it was "convenient for someone else" to be used as the target of a joke or a crusade to persecute him.

    Its sad but many people find reaffirmation or conviction in the wholesale destruction and deliberate persecution of someone else. They feel empowered by making other people affraid and angry at people who mean them no harm and who they don't even know. No one blames the peasant carrying the torch to burn victims at the stake.. but often they are the most guilty.

    Alan Turning did good in his lifetime. Someone else did evil.. I don't think a government is by itself cohesive and consistent enough to shoulder the blame for an individual doing evil.. at least that person appears to have been forgotten.