The Imitation Game – Cumberbatch Faces Down A Fascist Armageddon

November 28, 2014 4:41 PM

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The Imitation Game, in its original definition, is a party game. A man and a woman go into separate rooms and then guests attempt to tell them apart by asking a series of questions, and both the man and woman send out a series of answers with the specific intention of convincing the participants that one is actually the other. It was from this parlour game that pioneering mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing took the name, applying it to his research into artificial intelligence, devising a series of questions to see if a computer’s ability to think is indistinguishable, or clearly separate from that of a human being.

In director Morten Tyldum’s version of ‘Game’, adapted from Andrew Hodges’ biography of Turing, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, the titular game takes on many forms. Preconceived ideas of who or what a person is or can be and the way they present themselves, run tandem to covert ...

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