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11th October 2001
Enigma 12 cert camera  

Director: Michael Apted
Kate Winslet, Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows
Length: 118 minutes
28th September 2001
Reviewed by:
Karen Pirie

Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet

"It's all Greek to me."
"Unreadable" historic drama

Visual treat which keeps you guessing as the storyline unravels.

I don't mind coming out of the cinema having been presented with ponderous questions on the meaning of life. But trying to figure out who's cousin's dog's boyfriend ate the codebreaker's trousers is not the dilemma I want to be left with after a movie.

Actually there wasn't a dog in it but it wouldn't have made it much more complicated. To be fair, Enigma is not a bad film at all although the story of the cracking of the Enigma code has already happened before the film starts.


Saffron Burrows

Saffron Burrows
The mysteries instead revolved around a beautiful blonde and a Polish massacre (the massacre bit was true). The coiling plot leaves you never quite knowing who the baddies are.

The cast featured a spectacular collection of nerds based in the heart of the codebreaking operation at Bletchley Park.

They are joined by wartorn codebreaking king Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott) who's had a breakdown. Colleagues suspect however that his head has been frazzled not by figures but by the dazzling Claire (Saffron Burrows) who turns out to be not only a bit of a floosie but also suspect in her wartime loyalty.

Luckily, however, Tom finds solace in the ample arms of dependable Hester (Kate Winslet). The whole thing, kinda, falls into place by the end with Jericho's Scoobie Doo-style summing up of the whole shebang on the shores of a Scottish lake, like you do.

The movie is certainly worth seeing for its evocative visual content and I guarantee you'll have never seen a chase scene like it when Tom and Hester try to lose the cops.

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