In the wake of recent news, it’s time to watch the Alan Turing movie in celebration of an English hero.
What may the world have been like without Alan Turing? What a dreadful thought…
Our society helps to immortalise and celebrate the heroes of yesterday; there are simply too many to count. There are many ways to remember important historical figures, but there’s nothing quite like printing their image on a crisp banknote. Money is a constant in all of our lives, and you’d be hard-pressed to go a day without staring at it, let alone thinking about it. That would be a near impossibility.
However, £50 notes are far rarer to come across than the rest, but then again, so is someone like the great Alan Turing. Even then, such a claim comes across as a bold understatement. The man was simply one-of-a-kind, and we all owe a great debt to what he achieved in his extraordinary life.
It’s a great honour to have him appear on the new £50 notes, but his imprint really is everywhere.
Alan Turing: The man behind the movie
Alan Mathison Turing was born in London on June 23rd 1912 and would go on to work for the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II.
The highly skilled mathematician, computer scientist and multi-talented genius helped to crack codes which allowed his allies to intercept and defeat the Nazis on many occasions; a hero of the highest order. Cracking the Enigma code has, of course, changed the very face of the society we live today, and Alan Turing will always be remembered for his sheer persistence in saving the lives of many.
Tragically, he was persecuted in his lifetime – he died on June 7th 1954 – due to homosexuality being considered a crime at the time, as well as his work being masked by the Official Secrets Act. Since then, the computer science pioneer has been treasured and praised at long last.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing
Cinema has long been fascinated with depicting and exploring famous figures. If you think of any important historical achievement, the chances are a film has touched upon it and the people at its core.
The biopic is undoubtedly a very popular trend in cinema, and recently we’re witnessing a surge in musical biopics, with such efforts as Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman raking it in at the box-office. Of the last decade, arguably one of the best-received biopics focused its lens on Alan Turing.
The Imitation Game was directed by Morten Tyldum in 2014 and focused on Turing’s pivotal contribution to the war effort. It follows the mathematician as he works alongside bright colleagues, enforcing themes of teamwork and solidarity while trusting the actors to really capture the severity of the narrative events. One of the film’s obvious highlights is the central performance of Turing, courtesy of the ever-talented Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). He delivers some of his best work here, working wonders alongside a cast featuring Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), Matthew Goode (Stoker), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) and more.
It was considered one of the year’s biggest cinematic successes, with audiences and critics alike praising it as an essential portrait of a man we should never cease to commemorate.
How to watch!
The Imitation Game is available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD over at Amazon.
Of course, you don’t have to pick up a physical copy to give it a watch. The film is also available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime; rental (HD) is £3.49 and purchase is £5.99. Unfortunately, it’s unavailable to watch on Netflix, so Amazon is definitely a great way to watch.
It currently boasts a staggering 8.0 audience score on IMDb, so now is a better time than any to immerse yourself in the true story of an English icon.
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