Over the holidays I went to see The Imitation Game, a biopic about Alan Turing who was a pioneer of computer science and a brilliant mathematician. During WWII he helped decrypt the Nazi’s Enigma machine, a device that transmitted encoded messages about attacks and other military operations. By decrypting these messages, Turing was able to help end the war two years early and save an estimated 14 million lives. Unfortunately, for all his heroism, he was later met with ignorance and intolerance because of his sexual orientation. He was forced into chemical castration and later committed suicide. In 2009 (55 years after his death), British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a public apology for “the appalling way he was treated” and in 2013 Queen Elizabeth II granted Turing a posthumous pardon.
While I knew vaguely of Turing from school, it wasn’t until this movie that I became aware of the extent of his contribution to this world. The movie was beautifully done and the acting by Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and others was moving. All said, this was truly one of the best – if not the best – movies I saw all year.