The Imitation Game is a film based on the book "ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA" BY Andrew Hodges. This movie is a true story which tells the life of Alan Turing.
Alan is a bright introverted boy at Sherborne School in 1928. He is constantly picked on by other boys because he is different. He only has one friend called Christopher who helps him out and keeps him company. One day Christopher brings him a book on encryption and Alan therein develops an interest in the field. They two boys constantly pass messages to each other in class using coded language which to everyone else is just gibberish. Christopher however later dies of bovine tuberculosis which he had for some while.
In 1939 during the second world war Alan Turing seeks a job with the government in cryptography. During the interview it is revealed that he is now a mathematics protege at Kings College Cambridge. They get into a misunderstanding with the navy officer conducting the interview especially when he reveals he does not speak or understand German language. He is almost let go until he mentions the word Enigma to the commander. The Enigma is a machine which encrypts German communications and is very difficult to break its code. He gets hired into the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. He is introduced to the team he will work with to try and break the German Enigma.
Alan is not very popular among his teammates. He prefers to stay alone and work on a machine which he insists should be able to break the enigma. His teammates are not sure about that idea and dismiss it. This puts him at a disadvantage when he tries to get funding for the machine parts. His team leader does not support it and it is rejected. The commander asks him to take it with Winston Churchill his senior if he can. Alan writes to the prime minister and he is appointed the leader of his team whereby he sacks two teammates immediately. This creates bad blood between him and remaining teammates and also the commander.
Being short of staff Alan is forced to hire more cryptologists. He devises a puzzle which he puts in the newspaper for anyone to call if they can finish it in less than ten minutes. The successful people come for a test and two get chosen. One lady named Miss Joan Clarke and a young man. Miss Clarke is very good in solving mathematical problems.
The parts needed to build the machine are at last delivered. Alan starts to work on it. The machine is taking too long to try and decipher the code which makes it impossible by midnight when the Germans change the code again. Everybody is upset with him including the commander who wants the machine taken away and the program ended. His teammates intervene and they are given a month to make it work.
Meanwhile Miss Clarke is under pressure from her parents to go back home since she is now 25 years old and not married. Alan begs her to stay and proposes to her in order to keep her there working on the enigma. They get engaged but Alan reveals he has no intimate feelings towards her. It is here the teammate confirms his thinking that Alan Turing is gay. During a night out with Miss Clarke and other teammates they meet a lady who works at the radio signals interceptions. She reveals that one of the German messages always begins with the letters CILLY. She thinks it might be a man whose girlfriend is named Cilly. To Alan this is great news because it has just given him an idea on how to break the enigma. He runs off and breaks the code using the information he just received. This becomes vital in Britain's war up to the end.
In 1951 Alan Turing who is now a professor at Leeds University has a break in at his house. A detective from Manchester finds it weird how Alan shrugs off the incident. He tries to dig deeper by accessing his classified military records but he finds they have been taken away and only an empty envelope is left. It is later discovered that the men who broke into his house are actually homosexuals Alan has had relations with. Alan is arrested for indecency by performing homosexual acts. He is charged and given the option of either 2 years in jail or hormonal therapy to cure his homosexuality. He takes the latter even though the drugs make him sick. He later commits suicide one year into the drugs on June 7 1954.
In 2013 Queen Elizabeth II granted Alan Turing a posthumous royal pardon.