8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Flawed but very intelligent WWII thriller,
This review is from: Enigma [DVD] (DVD)
Enjoyable, smart WWII thriller about code breaking, based on a true story,
and notable for being a war film more about human intelligence then
daring action. The script by Tom Stoppard is strong.
While it's a very good film, some irritating flaws keep it from being great.
With the exception of Kate Winslet, a lot of the acting is over the top. Worse,
the film wimps out on the true story, and misses some fascinating
complexity, since in real life the lead character was gay, at a time where
that alone was enough to win everyone's distrust and indeed he faced
persecution in the post-war years rather than being hailed as a hero.
Further, the whole style of the film feels old-fashioned in a way that goes
back and forth between charming and feeling forced.
And yet, all that said I'd still urge people to see it, for daring to be a wartime
thriller with smarts.