Recovery in the Media: #67. The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

This film tells of how even someone who thinks differently than others can change the world.

67. The Imitation Game

Love history or England? Intrigued by technology or solving problems? Think that Benedict Cumberbatch or Downton Abbey actors are amazing? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might enjoy The Imitation Game as much as I do. Writing about it for my blog was obvious after my first time seeing it and essential after the second time.

Synopsis: Alan Turing was brilliant. Hated, perhaps, but still brilliant. However, his story went untold for decades because of the top-secret work he accomplished during WWII. Enigma, a German code, was broken by him and a group of others after Turing invented a machine that could compute information. The Imitation Game tells Turing’s story with all of its heartbreak, frustrations, loneliness, hopelessness, and courage. Recovery Pluses: In many ways, this movie’s hero reminded me of myself. Whether Turing had autism is unknown. Nevertheless, his desperate longing for people hidden under his brutal bluntness and inability to read others seemed just like what I have learned about (and experienced) autism. His life shows the enormous struggle but great gifts of having a brain that works differently than the norm. Although Turing’s story ends in tragedy, his impact lives on because he used his strengths to make the world a better place.

This film also reminds us of the importance of caring for others even if we disagree with them. What Turing was subjected to later in life is horrendous. Every human deserves to be treated with dignity. There cannot be exceptions to that rule because someone is different from us, has a disability, or acts in a way that we dislike.

One other element of this movie that motivated me to move forward in recovery was the difference between making the nice choice and the right choice. Sometimes these are the same thing. However, there are decisions in which we must sometimes do what is best for us or another person although it will make others uncomfortable or upset. You need to stop dating someone, take less hours at a job, tell a friend that her actions are messing up her life, etc. Alan Turing needed to do this on a much greater scale. What he did must not haven been easy, but it certainly was the best decision in the end.

Cautions: There is some language and a few war tapes in the film. A few suggestive comments and character who is in trouble with the law for being gay contribute as well to the movies PG-13 rating. Pre-teens and older are the best audiences for the film.

So, I already listed some reasons why you should see this movie above but could continue on for a bit longer. The acting, cinematography, script, accents, themes, humor, horror – this is a movie that really has “it all,” whatever that means. Consider adding it to your to-see list and be prepared to learn, cry, laugh, and marvel in the life of Alan Turing.

Additional Links:

The Imitation Game trailer on YouTube

The Imitation Game on Facebook

The Imitation Game on IMDB

The Imitation Game on Rotten Tomatoes

The Imitiation Game on Fandango

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