Sunday, February 08, 2009
Posted by JaneGS
My husband is a big fan of Robert Harris's novels--Pompeii, Fatherland, Imperium, and Enigma
--so when he asked me to find the movie of Enigma I happily jumped on it. It wasn't so easy to find as I thought it would be. Netflix didn't have it, which shocked me as the movie was released in 2001 and has a number of stars in it (Kate Winslett and Jeremy Northam lead the pack). Amazon also doesn't carry it as a new item, though Amazon Sellers had some used copies, so I turned to my library, which obtained it through interlibrary loan.
It was a wonderfully interesting movie, and though my husband said the book was much better (more detailed and more suspenseful), I thought it plenty detailed and suspenseful as the hero, Tom Jericho, returns to Bletchley Park (the English center for German code cracking during WWII) from a "rest" at Cambridge after an emotional and mental breakdown that resulted from overwork when he cracked the German Enigma machine and was abandoned by the woman he fell in love with.
The acting and script were both terrific, with Dougray Scott playing Tom Jericho as a brilliant mathematician who can barely keep his boiling emotions under control and Kate Winslett as an equally brilliant code cracker who is straining under the constraints of being patronized and dismissed because she is a woman. Jeremy Northam plays the spy catcher with a suavity that borders on oiliness.