The Puzzle that ended World War II
World War II. When you think of this, what do you think of? Soldiers, fighting, planes, tanks, but never once do you think of the people who work behind the scenes. Sometimes what the people off the battlefield do is just as important as what those people who are on the frontlines are doing. In this case, cracking the Enigma code was one of the most important things that happened during World War II, and without that ever happening, the war would have taken many more years, and many more soldiers. The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum, shows the viewers about how important the work of Alan Turing was during the war, and shows the start of what we know as computers.
The movie starts in the 1950’s, after the war. Turing’s house is broke into, and the detectives that went to find out who did it are turned away by Turing, and that is when the detective starts to investigate who Turing really is. He finds out that he has classified war records, but then when he finds his war records they are empty. This is where the movie cuts back to the 1940’s, and is when Turing applied for the job to solve the Enigma machine. When he started working he worked alone instead of with his team, and this starts to create one of the main spots of conflict within the movie. The original leader of the team was not Turing, but instead was Hugh Alexander, and he didn’t like the way that Turing worked. So when Turing put in a request for the parts to build Christopher, his machine to break the Enigma code, Alexander denied the request. This brings up one of the best parts, in my opinion, in the whole movie, and that is that fact that Turing then goes to Winston Churchill to get himself put in charge of the group. Churchill grants Turing leadership of the group because he believes that the machine will work, and when this happens Turing goes back and fires two of the workers leaving only four men. This makes the men that are still left very upset because it does not allow them to get work done as fast. Turing then goes out to find two more people to come and work for him. One of the two people that he ends up picking is a woman, and during that time-period that was very unheard of. Turing then goes on to finish his machine that eventually works, and leads the allies to winning the war over Nazi Germany. At the end of the movie it goes on to show subtitles of things that happened due to this invention that Turing made. It also tells you that at the age of 41, Alan Turing committed suicide after being convicted of indecency, which at that time in Brittan meant that he was a homosexual.
During the whole movie the director does a great job of jumping back to when Turing was a young boy, and that showed how he started out with learning cryptography at a young age, and showed how he started to fall in love with a boy named Christopher. This was the beginning of showing the viewers that he was a homosexual without straight up telling them that he was like at the end of the movie. I believe that Tyldum did an amazing job with this part of the camera work (Much like he did in the movie, Passengers), and it made you think even harder than you already were about the film. Tyldum also did a great job with making you just imagine how smart these men were because first off, they were able to decipher coded messages from German radio towers, and secondly, they were also able to come up with a machine to solve the messages on its own. Giving way to the first ever computers that were made. To me and many others this is just completely mind boggling, and it makes you want to see more into their lives and how they did it all.
The movie is a work of art in the fact that the script uses multiple timelines. This helps the viewers get a good background on Turing without showing them everything right at the beginning. It leaves room for mystery, and makes a sort of puzzle that you must slowly piece together. That also brings in another reason that this movie is work of art. The fact that Tyldum uses puzzles through the whole movie, the enigma machine, the crossword puzzle used to recruit new workers, and the fact that Turing himself is a puzzle that you must slowly put together. If this movie isn’t a true work of art then I guess I don’t know what art is.