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Subject: The Imitation Game - really? rss

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Barry Harvey
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So I've finally seen The Imitation Game.

To people who say "it's a movie, not a documentary" I'd say "do you believe that Alan Turing's story was so uninteresting that it had to be padded out with extra drama?"

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Specifically the bit with the convoy being sunk and the suggestion that, to stop the Germans realising that Enigma had been broken, it was the cypher team that would determine what information would be acted on, using a mathematical formula.
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Andy Beaton
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Or that his commanding officer was a ruthless martinet who didn't appreciate Turing's genius?
Or the Poles? I think the Poles had something to do with cracking Enigma. Good movie but lousy history.
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Derry Salewski
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Yeah. Kinda meh movie.

Though, does any major motion picture get history right very often? I kind of assume they're all pretty dramatized and wrong going in.

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Downfall comes to mind. Or The Revenant. Or Lincoln. Close enough to history where it doesn't interfere with my suspension of disbelief. The Imitation Game pushed too far over that line, at points, and enough times to ruin that.

I think the makers of The Imitation Game wrestled with key questions in writing and directing it, like: How do you make math and early computing interesting? Or how can code breaking be entertaining?

I guess I was expecting Sink the Bismarck meets Good Will Hunting or The Social Network. Something like that. A Beautiful Mind. It was almost there.
 
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aiabx wrote:
Good movie but lousy history.


I've used those exact words to describe more movies than I care to think of...
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Bob Zurunkel
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scifiantihero wrote:
Yeah. Kinda meh movie.

Though, does any major motion picture get history right very often? I kind of assume they're all pretty dramatized and wrong going in.



Tora Tora Tora was very accurate. Most have upset Hollywood, because the semi-sequel, Midway, was a joke.
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