We considered loads of films to kick off our Streamers Film Club, but kept coming back to just one.  If you’ve not seen it yet we think you are in for a treat.  One place you can find it is here where it’s currently free to watch for existing Amazon Prime members.

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How to join in:  As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie or a short review in the comments section below (caution, there will be spoilers).  We’ll post ours there too.  And don’t forget, if you want us to choose a specific film next week please send us your suggestions!

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Recent, popular and critically acclaimed, it also featured on our top 5 recent films on Amazon Prime. But it’s also had its share of criticism (spoilers in that link).  Here’s what some other people thought about it:

IMDB user score: 8.1/10  Empire: 4 stars  Total Film:  4 stars  Metacritic: 73/100

but most importantly, what do you think?  Let us know in the comments below…

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  1. I loved it.

    Sometimes I watch this type of movie and come out more impressed than entertained. Well-acted, stylish, or clever they might be but unless I’m in the right mood I might also add “a bit of a slog”. In contrast, I thought The Imitation Game was an excellent thriller first and foremost as well as being surprisingly funny and touching.

    This was actually the second time I’ve seen it so I was expecting my mind to wander a bit, but it’s a testament to the film that I was still gripped throughout. My only criticisms are that a couple of things felt under-explained (e.g. the letter to Churchill) a feeling that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing things a little too “Sherlock”.

    Since watching it the first time, I’d learnt that it’s not particularly historically accurate and I can see why that annoys people. It didn’t ruin the film for me and I can see why they did some of the changes for the sake of the film, although I’m pleased I looked into the true story too. Interested to hear what other people think on that one? How true does a “true story” need to be?

  2. Having missed this first time round at the cinema it was great to see it come to Amazon Prime so soon. Some of the reviews (not the one above) suggested that the film was a bit shallow but I really enjoyed it and thought the pacing was spot-on.

    Whilst the personal life of Turing wasn’t the focus of the film, as mentioned in many of the reviews, it wasn’t completely ignored. The part of the film I found most interesting was [SPOILER ALERT] the moral dilemma about using the code for short term gain. I don’t know how accurate this was but frankly, even if it was artistic licence, it was a great plot point.

    1. Yep, totally agree. That “criticism” link in the main post talks a bit about it if you have a minute or there’s also a really good documentary on BBC iPlayer which highlights the role a man called Gordon Welchman played in events (before going on to cover his later work in the second half – also quite interesting ). It’s an hour in total and well worth a look.

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