Benedict Cumberbatch shows his talents lie well outside being the voice of ‘Smaug’ in his portrayal of mathematician Alan Turing, who was credited very late for working on a code-breaking machine that saved millions of lives. He is every bit the British genius who is socially awkward, has a brilliant isolated way of working out problems and is stifled emotionally.
The magnitude of his story and what he faces in his personal life is captured in great detail for the small budget by director Morten Tyldum. He has taken creative liberties from the book ‘Alan Turing : The Enigma’ by Andrew Hodges’, on which the film is based. He has added some cinematic value to what would have otherwise been dull proceedings and has a flair for characteristic British dry wit.
Keira Knightley plays a remarkably talented and driven woman Joan Clarke, who is fighting her own war of prejudice in the work place. A varied and talented supporting cast display different values and virtues, all of which complement the mood and tone of the film. Child artist Alex Lawther, who plays the young Turing, in particular, deserves mention.
An important piece of history is now a sensitive and intelligent piece of film making.