Thursday, February 05, 2015
Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I went to the movie, Imitation Game. it was highly recommended to us by good friends. I just finished reading the Trilogy by Ken Follett. The three book series covered World War II and the years following through 2008. I was especially interested in WW II and the involvement of the US. Because of this, I was interested in finding out more about why the Germans were so successful at the beginning of the war. Much of the credit was due to the codes used, including Enigma which just couldn't be cracked.
The English hired Alan Turing (a math genius from Cambridge) to try to break the codes. Benedict Cumberbatch played Alan Turing and was fantastic!!! Keira Knightly played Joan Clarke. She was also an extremely intelligent person, but because she was a woman, she almost lost the job. Her part was also very well done. It was a real reminder of how far women have come in ability recognition. We still need to be paid on the same level of men for the same jobs, but that's a whole other topic.
The group led by Turing did break the code and managed to end the war by at least 2 years and also saved many, many lives.
I would highly recommend this film.
Alan Turing was a very sad man and I won't say anymore...........you have to go to the movie.