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Enigma

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Enigma

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
117 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/19/02
performer:
Jeremy Northam, Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows
director:
Michael Apted
Producer:
Mick Jagger, Lorne Michaels
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Tom Stoppard
genre:
Historical, Mystery and Thriller, Romance

We gave it a C-

Enigma is a turgid muddle of romance, espionage, and geek valor. The legend of how the British cracked the German Enigma code during World War II must have sounded, on paper, like a nifty mathematical thriller. On screen, it plays as if the scriptwriter, Tom Stoppard, and the director, Michael Apted, were themselves cryptographers; they seem to be making hunt-and-peck stabs at how to translate a tale of arcane numeric formulas into drama. As Tom Jericho, a Cambridge genius who looks like he might be the hero of ”A Reasonably Dapper-Looking Mind,” Dougray Scott is even glummer than he was in M:I-2. C-

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