Sunday, February 14, 2010

3. February 13, 2010 - Enigma (2001)

Jeremy Northam, as adorable as he is in Gosford Park, is utterly creepy in this movie. He plays his part of a secretive British government agent trying to find a mole in a WWII codebreaker unit perfectly - complete with his hat cocked devil-may-care to one side. Kate Winslet's performance is good, but more impressive is how the costume department managed to make her look frumpy and mousy. I don't know much about the Enigma code machine or the codebreakers, other than that if the Allies hadn't broken the code, victory would have been a lot less certain, but this is a fascinating movie. I have no idea how realistic it is, though. Also fascinating is the inclusion of the Katyn massacre in Poland - another thing that I know little about, but definitely plan to look up!
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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