The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch as the quirky British war hero Alan Turing is a fascinating film, it strives to be somewhat autobiographical in nature, while it gives a truncated version of Turing’s contribution to the mastering of the Nazi code machine Enigma. The movie also tells of the horrid injustice done to the man who could be called the father of the modern day computer. Alan was a homosexual at a time when it was against the law in England and after the war the man was prosecuted under the Draconian laws of that time and rather than go to prison, Turing opted for chemical castration, aka hormonal treatment. Two years after his conviction the 41 year old secret war hero was found dead from cyanide poisoning.
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl hold the top spot at the U.S. box office for two weeks running and considering the competition it should come as no real surprise, although it has to be pointed out that the crime thriller did just squeak past Dracula Untold. The Gillian Flynn adaptation of his own novel by the same name pulled in $26.8 million on its second weekend at the cinema and the reworking of the Vlad Tepes legend grossed $23.5 million so certainly it was a very big squeak at a difference of $3.5 million in the box office receipts race.
Universal makes a great return to the horror genre with Dracula Untold, a good old fashioned popcorn film, not to be taken seriously but to be enjoyed. Directed by Gary Shore, in what is his first venture into feature films, and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless using characters from Bram Stoker’s Dracula the film is a CGI heavy, epically scoped twist on the myth of Vlad Tepes. The movie’s plot is a variation on Faust where the Transylvanian leader essentially sells his soul in order to save his son from the hostile Turks as well as his people.