The Imitation Game review Cumberbatch cracks the biopic code | Peter Bradshaw

Benedict Cumberbatch is utterly convincing as Alan Turing, the mathematician who did more than anyone to defeat Hitler but who was destroyed by homophobia

Is The Imitation Game the queerest thing to hit multiplexes for years?
Codebreaker Alan Turing takes centre stage in new film The Imitation Game

Despite its flaws, The Imitation Game watchably recreates one of Britains finest hours, and one of its most shameful. In 1952, the draconian era of home secretary David Maxwell Fyfe, the mathematician and wartime codebreaker Alan Turing was prosecuted for gross indecency and forced to undergo chemical castration hormone treatment in lieu of a prison sentence, after which pointless ordeal he killed himself.

Turing was a war hero equal to Alanbrooke or Montgomery, but unlike these men his lifelong vow of government secrecy meant that he did not have the prestige that might have made his persecutors think twice. Just a decade before, Turing had done perhaps more than any individual to defeat Hitler by cracking the Enigma code in which Nazi military instructions were delivered, and then calculating precisely how much of this information the Allies could act on without giving the game away. But a shabby and squalid homophobia reduced Turings postwar career and happiness to rubble.

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