Whenever I want to watch a ‘based on a true story’ film, I first try to confront what I already know beforehand. Enigma is a famous story in Polish schools, where we are taught that the Enigma code was broken by Polish mathematicians who anticipated Christmas greetings in the encrypted messages.
Watching this film, that school anecdote seems to be an urban legend.
Although Polish spies’ are said to have smuggled the Enigma machine into the UK, there is little mention of their input.
Aside from that, as a cinematic experience – it is a piece of solid story with the correct amounts of drama. I do not appreciate paralel stories being ran in multiple timelines. Here – we are following three story lines around Alan Turing – when he’s at school in the 1920’s, during the war, at the time of working at Bletchley Park in the 1940’s and after the war in the 1950’s, when homosexuality is still illegal in the UK.
I usually scan through the trivia section on imdb for films I like. What I found here is that the famous “M” from the James Bond franchise has a strong presence here. And that is quite a character.
One of the Oscar contenders for 2015, “American Sniper” tells a true story of Chris Kyle, who was known as Legend among his peers.
He’s a soldier, he’s a Navy SEAL, he’s a sniper. Bradley Cooper paired with Clint Eastwood for an exceptionally well directed and played drama.
The dialogues are well written and credible, the setting looks realistic. Thanks to the dialogues, the script does not exclude the audiences who have little knowledge of US Military structure, or the social structure. You didn’t know who rednecks are? Well, they’re not Texans. You can learn the difference – as Texans ride horses on rodeos, therefore are not rednecks.
This is solid cinema.
It is perhaps more about PTSD rather than combat, but of course there is a lot of gunfire and gunpoint dilemmas.
Bradley Cooper proves one more time to be a mature actor. He is nominated for the Oscar with this role. We’ll find out soon enough.
Ryszard Kuklinski could be perceived as a national hero or as a traitor. This ambiguity is only mentioned and in Pasikowski’s film, Kuklinski is presented rather as a positive character.
The story told depicts hard moral and ethical dilemmas of one man who became an ally to the US during the 1970’s and 1980’s opposing to the Soviet ruling inside communist Poland.
Being a higly regarded official of the Polish army, he has access to top secret documentation which at one point hints at the Soviets aiming at the breakout of World War III via a realistically planned invasion on Poland. It is at that point that he decides to get in touch with the American embassy to help his country he knows to be gravely endangered.
It is a fascinating story and being based on true events, gives the thrills of serious historical issues that could have ended in a number of ways. But luckily (for Poland and perhaps the whole contemporary world) it ended up just fine. Supposedly because and thanks to the Seagull operation with Jack Strong as the source. 1989 saw the end of the Cold War and in 1997 Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined NATO.