I’ve always been a fan of stories about codes and code breakers, especially during wartime, and the lengths that both sides will go to to figure out what messages the other is sending. Whether it’s films based on a particular machine, or simply those who were able to crack what were supposed to be “unbreakable” codes, there’s something about these stories that I simply find fascinating.
One of the most famous coding machines was the so-called Enigma coder which was used by the Nazis during World War II and which was finally cracked (well, that’s simplifying things a lot, but let’s go with it for now) by Alan Turing and a group of cryptologists working at Bletchley Park, Britain’s code breaking center.
It’s that story which is at the heart of Morten Tyldum’s upcoming movie The Imitation Game. And of course once you add in the fact that the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing alongside Keira Knightly, well, you know this is going to rank highly on my list of fall movies to look forward to.
Here’s the first trailer for the film:
Of course, there are other aspects of Turing’s life, such as the fact that after the war Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 – basically of practicing homosexuality at a time when that was illegal in the UK – and chose to undergo what was known as “chemical castration” rather than imprisonment, which the film may or may not focus on or spend any real time on. I suppose we’ll have to wait until more info is available to know for sure.
Still, I have feeling this one’s gonna be a winner.
- Harvey Weinstein Spends Record Amount For WWII Movie… (deadline.com)
- ‘The Imitation Game’ Trailers: Benedict Cumberbatch Wins the War (slashfilm.com)
- UK finally pardons computer pioneer Alan Turing (sfgate.com)
- Nazi Enigma encryption machine used by Britain to spy on Israel (ynetnews.com)