Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Imitation Game

Welcome back to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Imitation Game – Opening November 21, 2014

There’s a certain genre of historical drama that manages to simultaneously serve as a thriller, unveiling its events over the course of a given time span and really getting to know its characters and their mindsets. World War II is always a strong setting for such a story, and the concept of cracking a code that could help tip the scales in the war is definitely appealing. And then there’s the cast – a big part of any period epic, particularly a British one. Benedict Cumberbatch, who had a banner year in 2013 with a handful of very different performances, is the perfect person to play Alan Turing, the mathematician tasked with deciphering and breaking the code. He’s reunited with his costar from a film that seems to have a similar feel, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” the fantastic Mark Strong. Matthew Goode is another thespian who is well-suited to join their ranks, and Charles Dance, best known as Tywin Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” is also in the supporting cast. Helping to break up the testosterone is Keira Knightley, who sometimes opts for dramatic fare like this, excellent in “Atonement” a few years ago. What might be most notable about this film otherwise is that it’s the feature follow-up to Norwegian director Morten Hyldum’s terrific “Headhunters.” That was a superbly paced, artful dramatic thriller, and I think that this subject should prove to be more than fitting for another enthralling and fully enjoyable cinematic experience with talented actors and a great premise.

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