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Directed By
Michael Apted

Written By:
Robert Harris, Tom Stoppard

Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tom Hollander, Donald Sumpter, Matthew MacFadyen, Richard Leaf, Richard Katz, Tom Fisher, Robert Pugh, Paul Rattray, Paul Rattray, Ian Felce, Bohdan Poraj

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Enigma (2001)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
March 14th, 2008


There's a spy at Bletchley Park.

I found Enigma to be one of the most intriguing World War 2 pictures that I have seen to date. In my opinion, it's got pretty much everything that one could want from a War Picture.

Enigma is a fictionalized account of actual events that occurred during World War 2.

The pivotal year is 1943.

Much of Enigma's fascinating story of espionage, patriotism, betrayal and, yes, even love (it always finds its way into any story) is set at Bletchley Park, Britain's Code-Breaking Centre, which was located amongst the rolling hills of the English countryside, about 50 miles north of London.

Here at Bletchley Park British Intelligence has gathered together, not only some of its top-ranking Secret-Service men, but also an impressive array of first-rate Code-Breakers. While the Secret-Service Kids are busy watching everyone (secretly, of course), the ace Code-Crackers have been given the unbelievably frustrating job of deciphering the German's top-secret telegraph messages.

These garbled messages are being transmitted across the wires by the use of the Nazis' ingenious Enigma Machine. Enigma may appear to be a simple piece of equipment, but, brother, has it got an incredibly complex keyboard system. I mean, this is no regular typewriter, folks. And unless one knows the precise sequence of codes, then they'll never figger out what the frick those damn Germans are muttering about. There are, literally, a billion-billion keyboard possibilities to choose from with the Enigma Machine. But once the codes have been unscrambled, then the British Military can transpose all of the German gobble-de-gook into plain-text messages.

The only problem now is that the Germans have suddenly changed their codes. Darn it all! Just when the Brits had it all figgered out.

Is there really a spy at Bletchley Park? Enigma will keep you guessing right up to the final frantic 15 minutes. Enigma is jam-packed with plenty of intriguing plot twists and turns. And if that doesn't keep your trousers nailed to the chair, then the uncovering of a mass grave in Poland, most definitely, will.

Enigma is head-lined by a superb cast, which includes the likes of Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet, our respective hero and heroine.

3 cheers for Enigma!..........Now, that's entertainment!

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