” Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine “
- What is this movie about?
This is the story of Alan Turing, the british mathematician who managed to decipher Enigma, the cryptic machine that the nazis were using during World War II. This is the story of how he managed to do so by creating another machine with the help of others.
- Why should you watch it?
Elementary, my dear Watson. Mr Holmes is the main reason (as he always is) for watching this movie. Not that the rest of the cast are not doing a good job, but he shines above the rest (something that we are used to with Mr Cumberbatch). He is splendid, as is the rest of the cast. All british familiar faces who know how to behave in the environment. Is that an Oscar nomination what I am smelling?
Besides the magnificent cast, the plot is quite entertaining. Let’s face the music, we all like movies where the bad guys (ejem.. nazis…) are kicked on their ass. This is the last one, one were we not see machine guns and so, but we see how being smarter helps to beat the bad ones. for all the computer and science freaks I think is a pretty good movie where you can learn a couple of things (if you can distinguish them from the fiction). Please enjoy!
- Did you know?
– Winston Churchill stated that Turing made the single greatest contribution in Britain’s war effort.
– On 27 November 2014, ahead of the film’s US release, The New York Times reprinted the original 1942 crossword puzzle from The Daily Telegraph used in recruiting code breakers at Bletchley Park during World War II. Entrants who solve the puzzle can mail in their results for a chance to win a trip for two to London and a tour of the famous Bletchley Park facilities.
– The Turing Machine ‘Christopher’ seen in the film, is based on a replica of Alan Turing’s original machine, which is housed in the museum at Bletchley Park. Maria Djurkovic admitted, however, that it was made a little more cinematic by making it larger and having more of its inside mechanisms visible.
– The film’s screenplay topped the annual Black List for best un-produced Hollywood scripts of 2011.
– Benedict Cumberbatch and Alan Turing are actually related in real-life. According to the family history site Ancestry, the two are 17th cousins with family relations dating back to the 14th century. Both are said to be related to John Beaufort, the first Earl of Somerset, through Cumberbatch and Turing’s respective paternal lines.
– To play Turing, Cumberbatch wore dentures, at his own behest. No one else demanded that of him.
– Despite earlier reservations, Turing’s niece Inagh Payne told Allan Beswick of BBC Radio Manchester that “the film really did honour my uncle” after Payne watched the film at the London Film Festival in October 2014. In the same interview, Turing’s nephew Dermont Turing stated that Cumberbatch is “perfect casting. I couldn’t think of anyone better.” James Turing, a great-nephew of the codebreaker said Cumberbatch “knows things that I never knew before. The amount of knowledge he has about Alan is amazing.”
– The Weinstein Company acquired the film for a record-breaking $7 million, the highest ever amount paid for US distribution rights at the European Film Market.
– Desplat composed the score of the film in just two and a half weeks. He recorded and orchestrated the soundtrack with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
– One scene showing the London Blitz had to be filmed on a Sunday due to London’s limited road-closure laws that govern filmmaking in the UK. The art department had to scramble to find rubble at the last-minute because they realized nobody had ordered any.
– This is the English-language debut of Norwegian director Morten Tyldum.
– Principal photography finished on November 11, 2013 which coincided with Remembrance Day.