The Imitation Game Is Now on Netflix

Two years before Benedict Cumberbatch was Doctor Strange, he was Alan Turing, a witty yet socially awkward mathematician. Turing is self-proclaimed the best mathematician on earth and it becomes his mission to crack the Nazi encryption machine, Enigma.

Based on a true story and set in the early 1940’s, when the war was just underway for England, it is Turing’s responsibility to organize a team of linguists and mathematicians ingenious enough to crack the most advanced encryption machine known to man.  Enigma is the primary machine used by the Nazi Germany to code secret intelligence. According to England intelligence, cracking the code is the best chance England has at defeating Germany and ending the war.

However, as Turing points out, the war isn’t really against Germany, it is against time. As each precious month passes by, England gains more casualties and famine becomes a growing concern. The conflict of the story doesn’t strictly revolve around the struggle to break Enigma in time though. Instead, we find Turing constantly harassed by those around him, who see Turing as an outcast and doubt his ability to succeed in this mission.

To find success, Turing ends up partnering with an unlikely compadre, Joan Clark, who he must meet with in secret to gain assistance in the attempt to crack Enigma. The dynamic duo begins to make the seemingly impossible mission appear imaginable. As Turing claims, “It is the people, who no one imagines anything of, who do the things that no one can imagine.”

The storyline of the film is played out with flashbacks into Turing’s complicated childhood, as well as many obscure scenes of Turing’s future, where he is being investigated about an accusation that is unbeknownst to the audience. These glimpses into Turing’s past and future end up being essential in making sense of the plot.

Throughout the story we are presented with themes about the persecution of homosexuals by England’s Whitehall, the struggle for women’s rights, and a riveting and dynamic conflict. One could say that the film is riddled with enduring moments of optimism and triumph, as well as moments of strain and catastrophe.

So, despite the huge victory that is inevitably to come for England, not all the cast can be expected to find their ever after. If I may say, this film is a real tear-jerker.

In the end, I found The Imitation Game to be utterly gripping and both thought-provoking. It is also comparable to Inception, Fight Club, or The Prodigy, in the sense that you are going to have to pay attention to every nonsequential scene and iota of dialogue. There is not a wasted scene in this movie.

Annabelle Comes Home Is a Demonic Prison Break

Annabelle raises hell in this third installment by inciting a demonic bust out.

Continuing off the intro to The Conjuring, Ed and Lorraine Warren quickly discover Annabelle’s demonic potency on their drive back home. Annabelle, who is a beacon for other spirits, doesn’t hesitate to incite violence and terror by summoning spirits during their unexpected halt at the Maryville Cemetery. After Ed’s near-death experience, the couple manage to return home and lock the doll away in a glass case after having it blessed by Father Gordon. We’re told by Lorraine, “the evil is contained (as long as she remains locked up).”

The Warrens must head out for a day on a demon-hunting escapade, and leave Mary Ellen to babysit Judy while they’re gone. Mary Ellen’s overcurious friend, Daniela, shows up uninvited and gifts Judy with a pair of roller blades. While Mary Ellen heads outside with Judy to test out her new blades, Daniela manages to tactically acquire the keys to the artifact room. She ventures inside, only to touch just about every haunted artifact (to include Annabelle), despite the multitude of “do not touch” signs strategically placed around the room.

Normally, this horror film miscalculation cliché would have given me an aneurysm. However, we soon discover that Daniela’s interest with the supernatural is justified by her longing to make contact with her deceased Father, as well as her knowledge of Lorraine’s ability to communicate with the dead.

What should have been a birthday bash for Judy instantly turns into a monster mash, thrown by the post-prison break Annabelle, and it goes without saying, there’s a huge turnout.

Terror ensues at the Warren residence and invites a multitude of jump-scares, anxiety-ridden anticipation, and soul-seeking demons. We’re presented an entourage of evil spirits, including The Ferryman, a haunted suit of Samurai armor, a malicious wedding dress, a vintage monkey toy with clanging cymbals, and a black shuck, who is essentially just a werewolf.

The long night grows into a claustrophobic fight for survival and sanity for the three girls who are constantly being separated and locked into different rooms, only to be beleaguered and terrorized by Annabelle and her demonic coterie, whose mission it is to obtain a soul.

Unlike the current horror film movement that has been spewing out hate and barbarity, Annabelle Comes Home leaves the humanity in tact by presenting more anticipation and less death. I was also thankful for the soft, comedic relief that broke the seemingly, enduring moments of trepidation.

Overall, the film is by far the most creative of the Annabelle series, and hopefully the cap off for this trilogy. It did seem a bit like a feminist version of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, however the lineup of strong actresses support the action to be tenable.

After watching the Warren’s artifact room come to life, we can surely expect more spin offs to become part of The Conjuring Universe. This film is currently scoring over 70% on Rotten Tomatoes’ audience score, which is solid as far as horror films are concerned.