Actor Benedict Cumberbatch notches a winning portrayal of Alan Turing, the real-life British mathematician and cryptanalyst who cracked the German Enigma naval code and helped the Allies win World War II. The fact that Turing, a gay man, was cruelly persecuted for his homosexuality in the postwar years is dealt with in the closing titles – but a cloud hangs over director Morten Tyldum’s drama. Keira Knightley costars, redundantly, as a Turing associate. A mild history lesson that chokes on its own suppressed outrage, adapted from Andrew Hodges’ book by screenwriter Graham Moore. Also with Matthew Goode and Charles Dance (114 min.).
Director: Morten Tyldum
Producer: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman and Graham Moore
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong and Alex Lawther