The Imitation Game and the rest of the week’s DVD releases
Our tips for your DVD viewing this week
The Imitation Game
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Cumberbatch has been rightly lauded for playing pioneering crypto-analyst Alan Turing, who battled to crack the Enigma code during World War II. Yes, plenty of liberties have been taken with the story and it could easily have been a Sunday night TV drama, which is why it’s so perfect to watch on DVD. More could have been done to really bring Turing personal complexities to light (though Ben does his best with a pretty routine script), but it’s still a good watch.
Starring: Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson
O’Connell shows why he’s perhaps the most interesting young British actor out there right now, playing a soldier caught up in the Northern Ireland conflict left to fend for himself after a riot in 1971 Belfast. Tense and exciting, with some intriguing political subtext.
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella
Radcliffe stretches himself as a man who wakes up from a drunken night out to find he is growing the eponymous protuberances on his head and can get people to tell him their darkest fantasies. He uses the gift (curse?) to find out who really murdered his girlfriend. Darkly funny and Radcliffe shows how easily he has cast off the shadow of Potter.