“The Imitation Game” Releases First Trailer (UK)

The Imitation Game, the biopic of math genius and Enigma code breaker Alan Turing, released its first official UK trailer recently.

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the genius who was later convicted for being a homosexual. It was directed by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum and was based on the book written by Andrew Hodges entitled Alan Turing: The Enigma.

The movie was chosen to open the London Film Festival this year, which is scheduled in October 8. However, the actual showing of The Imitation Game in UK theaters is still on November 14 and in the US on November 21.

Actually, two trailers of The Imitation Game were released. One is the official trailer by the American film studio Weinstein Company while the other one is the official UK teaser.


The Imitation Game (Official UK Teaser Trailer)


Both The Imitation Game teasers focus on the math genius Alan Turing and how he, along with his team, was able to decipher the messages made by the Germans’ Enigma machine, said to be the greatest encryption device in whole history which the enemy used for all their major communications during the Second World War.

It can be remembered that Alan Turing was able to crack the Germans’ Enigma Code and went on to pioneer the first computer which he described in the The Imitation Game trailer as “something that will help us decipher the Enigma Code instantly”.


The Imitation Game (Official Trailer from the Weinstein Company)


The Imitation Game trailers run along the lines — it took one man with secrets to break the biggest one.

The movie even went as far as saying that without Turing’s breakthrough, World War II couldn’t have been won by the Allies.

It can be remembered that Alan Turing developed modern computing. His work in the Bletchey Park’s Government Code and Cypher School involved decoding coded messages sent by the Germans via their Enigma machine. WWII British Prime Minister Winston Churchill credited Mr. Turing with assisting the Allies to win a number of important WWII battles along with saving countless lives in the process.

However, he was convicted for homosexuality in 1952 and was castrated chemically. Two years after, he died from cyanide poisoning. He was only 41.

A long campaign for the math genius, however, came into fruition just last year when the Queen gave a posthumous pardon from his criminal conviction due to his homosexuality.

Aside from Cumberbatch, the historical drama The Imitation Game also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.

Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE