If any trailer has an excuse to be derivative, it’s one for a film called The Imitation Game. Sure enough, The Imitation Game hits all the expected beats. A World at war (in this case, the second World War). A young man as brilliant as he is idiosyncratic (that would be Benedict Cumberbatch as pioneering computer scientist and codebreaker Alan Turing). A gorgeous ingénue intrigued by this mad genius (Kiera Knightley as Turing’s colleague and would-be romantic interest, were it not for... well, let’s see how the movie handles that particular relationship). Much forceful running.
Yes, The Imitation Game takes more than a few tips from the big old book of biopic trailer cliché, but that probably won’t dampen its Oscar chances.
The trail of the tape
Title: The Imitation Game
Director: Morten Tyldum
Screenwriter: Graham Moore
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Release date: November 28
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Not coincidentally, the trailer also makes the biographical elements of the film seem exciting and kinetic—see the aforementioned forceful running—an old-fashioned melodrama about one of the biggest (and most secretive) figures from World War II, and a man whose invention genuinely became a game-changer.