Uncle Bardie’s Movie of the Week: The Man Who Broke the Code

Once a week on Monday, Uncle Bardie shares a movie with his Readers he gives a big two thumbs up. It will simply be a short excerpt or a trailer. Uncle Bardie might even throw in a reflection on the movie. If so, it will make an appearance below the video. So pop some popcorn and give yourself a treat. This week’s movie is “The Imitation Game” (2014).

World War II is only a distant memory now. The darkness of that time mostly forgotten. We have little idea now how close England, the United States and their allies came to losing. It was the darkest of times for England. She was losing the war. Hitler’s submarines were sinking merchant ships bringing her vital supplies to England. His Luftwaffe blitzkrieg was devastating its cities with their bombs.

The British were desperate to break the code the Germans were using to send orders from Berlin. If they could break the code transmitted by the Enigma machine, the Brits would know where and when the Nazis would hit. Though they had an Enigma, they could not break the code.

Unfortunately the code was virtually unbreakable. The Germans reset the code at the beginning of each day. If the Brits broke the code on Monday, there would be a completely new code on Tuesday. In addition, there were millions of choices for the daily code. it took a genius to come up with a way to break the Enigma. That genius was Alan Turing.

Benedict Cumberbatch first made his splash on my consciousness as Khan in “Star Trek: Into Darkness”. He was the best thing about that movie. And I couldn’t even pronounce his name. Now he breathes Alan Turing to life into “The Imitation Game” (2014).

Turing finally broke the with his team at Bletchley Park. Especially with the help of fellow mathematician, Joan Clark, convincingly played by Keira Knightley. According to experts, their work shortened World War II by two years and saved millions of lives.

Director Morten Tyldum is to lauded along with his excellent cast for delivering a moving portrayal of a great scientist, his contributions and the challenges he faced. In addition, Alexandre Desplat has given “The Imitation Game” a wonderful musical score. Over the last few years, I have been very pleased with the music he produces for the films he scores. He is fast becoming one of my favorite film composers.

While Albert Einstein was being lauded as the greatest scientist of the age, two others whose contribution to the Allied effort helped bring World War II to an end were being disgraced. One, J. Robert Oppenheimer, as a communist, the other, Alan Turing, a homosexual. “The Imitation Game”, and the book, Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges upon which it is based, brings the Alan Turing’s contributions out of the shadows finally. J. Robert Oppenheimer is still waiting his turn.

What was your favorite movie from 2014?