The Imitation Game #Imitationgame
January 11, 2015
If you have ever questioned why tolerance in the face of abject prejudice is more important today than any other compassionate trait, this screen drama will give you the courage to look past differences to find the greatness in ever special life. The great Joni Mitchell sang, “I’ve looked at life from both sides now.” In The Imitation Game, we get to see the brilliant writing of Graham Moore depict the life of an extraordinary gay man, Alan Turing, who singlehandedly developed the first computer to crack the Nazi’s cryptic codes to save millions of lives during the World Wars of the 1930-40s.
What this movie so brilliantly depicts is how “different” is not only good, it’s necessary and beautiful. I believe everyone who has ever sat through a religious service condemning gays or anyone for being different—needs to see this movie. The truth is, that the person sitting in the church or mosque might not even be alive had it not been for Turing. Millions of Americans were saved because of how he cracked the Nazi code to find enemy ships and submarines during the World Wars, singlehandedly using strategic military moves to overturn Germany’s commanding power. This story would include my father, who lived to tell about fighting in the battle of Normandy. I might not be sitting here, if it were not for Turing having the military intelligence that gave the US and its allies the edge in that particular battle.
Turing also was the first to let a female work for the British military in a position other than a secretary. Joan Clarke was almost as brilliant, if not as smart as Turing, who discovered her ability to solve a special-skills puzzle developed by Turing in less than the time it took the brightest man in England. Clarke was, still, almost dismissed simply because she was a woman. Turing saw her potential to help the cause and let her help him, in spite of the reticence of all involved.
After the war had ended, Turing, depicted by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, held to his vow of secrecy about his discovery and must destroy his computer for fear of treason and death. He gets dismissed from his work in the British military and finds himself confined to a quiet life, trying to recreate his only one true love, who died of tuberculosis, when his young mind was too immature to reconcile the anguish.
Yet, despite Turing’s incredible accomplishments during the war, in the 1950s he was sentenced to prison or given the option of taking hormone therapy, because he was homosexual, which likely caused his suicidal thoughts and ultimate demise.
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