The Imitation Game

Synopsis: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.
Director(s): Morten Tyldum
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 46 wins & 155 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Metacritic:
73
Rotten Tomatoes:
90%
PG-13
Year:
2014
114 min
Website
4,795 Views


It's beautiful.

It's the crooked hand of death itself.

Our Wrens intercept thousands

of radio messages a day.

And to the lovely young ladies

of the Women's Royal Navy,

they're nonsense.

It's only when you feed them back

into Enigma that they make any sense.

But we have an Enigma machine.

Yes, Polish Intelligence

smuggled it out of Berlin.

So what's the problem?

Just put the intercepted messages

back into the Enigma and...

Look, it's not that simple. Is it?

Just having an Enigma machine

doesn't help you to decode the messages.

Very good, Mr Turing.

To decode a message, you need

to know the machine's settings.

Now, the Germans switch settings

every day, promptly at midnight.

We usually intercept our first message

around 6:
0Oam.

Which gives you exactly

18 hours every day to crack the code

before it changes and you start again.

Five rotors. 10 plugboard cables.

- That's one million...

-1,000 million.

- No, it's... I've got it.

- It's a million million.

Well, it's in the millions,

obviously.

There's over 150 million million million

possible settings.

Very good.

One hundred and fifty-nine,

if you want to be exact about it,

1-5-9 with 18 zeros behind it.

Possibilities.

Every single day.

Gentlemen,

meet Hugh Alexander.

I personally selected him

to run this unit.

Didn't you...

Mr Alexander won Britain's

national chess championship.

- Twice.

- You're not the only one

who's good at games round here, Turing.

Are we to work together, then?

I prefer to have my own office.

You're a team and you will work as one.

I don't have time to explain myself

as I go along

and I'm afraid these men

would only slow me down.

If you can't play together,

then I'm afraid

we can't let you play at all.

This is Stewart Menzies. MI6.

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