The Imitation Game (2014)
This American historical drama thriller was loosely based on Alan Turing's life. Turing was a British cryptanalyst during World War II. He worked for the Government Code & Cypher School, Britain's codebreaking centre. He led Hut 8, the section responsible for German naval cryptanalysis for a while. He devised many techniques for breaking German ciphers, which cracked intercepted coded transmission messages that helped the Allies defeat the Nazis in key events. Turing found the settings for the famed German Enigma machine. He also created (duh) the Turing machine. He was later prosecuted for homosexual acts, and said to have died by suicide.
As can be expected, The Imitation Game is not exactly an accurate portrayal of history. Instead, it plays a lot on emotions. It made it very easy to sympathise with Turing. Rather than simply feeling pity or awe for him, I could put myself into his shoes without trying.
The pace of the film was very consistent. One might argue too consistent. There wasn't much variation between life-changing events and day-to-day activities. This took a bit away from the meaning of such scenes.
Additionally, as with quite a number of characters portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing was socially awkward and emotionally detached. I understand that it's part of Turing's personality but it made important revelations, such as his sexuality, too abrupt. It raised questions, albeit ones that could be rationalised away.
However, an element that pleasantly surprised me was definitely the interactions between Turing and his sole female assistant, Joan Clarke. They complemented each other very nicely, and the humour that arose lightened the film. In general, Clarke seemed to symbolise positivity.