Movie review? Enigma February 2, 2010 cliffski Here is a film you may like if you are a bit geeky and haven’t seen it: Enigma (2001) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0157583/ What is it? A low key drama / love story about code breakers fighting to break the German enigma code during World War II Who is in it? Kate Winslet, Jeremy Northam, Tom Hollander, Matthew McFadyen, other people. Quick Plot: Tom Jericho is a code breaker based at Bletchley park, recalled to help break enigma again after the Germans mysteriously change the code mid-war. Interleaved with the code breakers attempts to break the code, is a love story between him and fellow Bletchley park worker Claire Rommelly, and a spy story based around a ‘mole’ feeding information to the Germans. There is little to zero action or spectacle. Only one bullet is fired as I recall. And the car chase may disappoint smokey and the bandit fans. What’s Bad about it: Some fairly cringeworthy romantic scenes and dialog. An annoyingly repetitive musical theme. A few fairly contrived and convenient plot devices. Some general purpose stereotyping of maths geeks. What’s good about it: It’s about the birth of computing AND fighting WW2. What’s not to like? Plus a great supporting cast, and a good script in places. Surprisingly historically accurate (glosses over alan turing though, presumably because they wanted a heterosexual love story). Also, it treats you like you are paying attention, and doesn’t break down the complexity of the core topic (encryption) to sub kindergarten levels like many Hollywood movies would. The plot is complex enough to keep you guessing. Best Scene: Tom Jerichos explanation on how enigma works to the American General. This is the way all programmer should speak to their boss when asked that irritating question “How long will it take?” Best Character: Jeremy Northam was born to be the slimey, suspicious and sarcastic British Intelligence chief. Best Quote: “Given the circumstances, Miss Wallace, I think we might risk first names.” Buy it or Rent it. It’s good :D I’m working on both an expansion, and some UI improvements for Gratuitous Space Battles. I’ll blog on them when they are ready.