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The Imitation Game (2014)

Directed by Morten Tyldum

Written by Graham Moore


Alan is a intelligent scientist who had a very lonely childhood. He is necessary to unveil the Enigma Code and help Britain win World War II.

Main Characters:

  1. ALAN - (hero)
  2. JOAN - (ally)
  3. HUGH - (ally)
  4. CHRISTOPHER - (goddess)
  5. JOHN (enemy/ally)
  6. COMMANDER DENNISTON (mentor/enemy)
  7. STEWART (guard)

Milestones (FIRST ACT):

  1. Ordinary World: Alan lives alone, no relatives, no friends, no family.
  2. Meeting the Mentor: Alan meets Commander Denniston who tells him about the top secret plan to break the Enigma Code.
  3. Call to Adventure: Alan is actually the one who makes the call since Commander Denniston wouldn't hire him at first place.

Milestones (SECOND ACT):

  1. Crossing the First Threshold: Alan and the team is presented to the Enigma Machine.
  2. Set of Trials: Alan refuses to cooperate with the team because he thinks he is smarter than them. He focus on creating a computer to break the code.
  3. Meeting the Goddess: In a flashback young Alan meets Christopher who is the only nice boy to him at the school. He gets a book of codes as a gift from Christopher.
  4. Making Enemies: Alan confronts Commander Denniston's and Hugh's orders. He sends a letter to Churchill and convinces him to fund the computer.
  5. Making Allies: Alan hires Joan to be part of the team. They stay together and she helps him making people like him.
  6. Crossing the Second Threshold: Alan's machine works but it is too slow. Commander Denniston tries to stop it and destroy it but Alan's team stay together with him.
  7. Love in the Underworld: Joan must go back to her parent's home because she is not married yet. Alan proposes to her. She accepts.
  8. The Inmost Cave: Alan confesses to John that he is gay and that he should tell Joan. John says that he will go to jail for telling and must keep it a secret.
  9. Resurrection and Elixir: At the bar Alan has an idea to make the computer run faster.
  10. The Ultimate Boon: They break the code and the war is over.
  11. Belly of the Whale: In the flashback Christopher dies. Alan breaks up with Joan and the army make them burn and destroy every trace of the computer.

Milestones (THIRD ACT):

  1. The Return Threshold: Alan is in the detective office explaining his theory to Stewart while being charged for being gay.
  2. Reward: Alan goes back to his ordinary life. Now he is accused of being gay and chooses the hormonal treatment instead of jail.
  3. Freedom to Live: Joan visits Alan and tells him that he is the person who she admires the most in the whole world. The screen says Alan committed suicide two years later during the hormonal treatment.
Final Feedback:

I'm not sure about the inmost cave (8). I see it as a moment to Alan be honest with himself.
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