You never know who might change the world, even if it’s someone you cannot imagine. There’s nothing like that feeling of euphoria after sitting through an outstanding film, one that surpasses expectations and provides so much more on top of any/everything one could imagine. That’s how I felt at the end of The Imitation Game, a film by Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) about British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped crack the uncrackable Engima code during World War II…

In the film, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing with all of his quirks and speech impediments and nuances. Watching him take over this character completely is enchanting, he is absolutely sensational, delivering one of the finest performances all year. While completely unrelated in content, Cumberbatch has the kind of moments in this that Chiwetel Ejiofor had in 12 Years a Slave - where just one shot on his face while he talk or yells or thinks evokes such a touching reaction. I’ve admired Cumberbatch for years, but this is one of his best performances he’ll ever give, and he deserves all the accolades soon coming his way.

—  Alex Billington of FirstShowing [x]