Enigma

2002

Enigma

Critics Consensus

The well-crafted, twist-filled Enigma is a thinking person's spy thriller.

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55%

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An old-fashioned spy thriller in the vein of 1940s espionage movies and based on an international best-selling novel, Enigma stars Dougray Scott as Tom Jericho, a young mathematics expert who was a central force in the decoding of a Nazi network and has just been released from a sanitarium for an apparent nervous breakdown. He is put back to work in Britain in 1943, where he is called upon to regear their computer system and determine a new German code. If he fails to discover the information, the war's largest convoy of Allied ships heading to Great Britain from the U.S. will be targets for massing Nazi U-boats. Jericho learns of a possible traitor who has tipped off the Germans of the code-cracking, and who may be in the form of Claire (Saffron Burrows), a sexy blonde who has disappeared and who was once his girlfriend. Jericho must now, with the aid of an intuitive clerk (Kate Winslet), calm his infatuation with Claire, who may be his undoing, as well as single-handedly finish his assigned task, which has been said to take an entire team about one year's time. Directed by veteran filmmaker Michael Apted, written by Oscar-winning scribe Tom Stoppard, and co-starring Jeremy Northam, Tom Hollander, and Robert Pugh, this is the first collaboration of high-profile producers Mick Jagger and Lorne Michaels, the former producing under his production company Jagged Films.

Cast

Kate Winslet
as Hester Wallace
Dougray Scott
as Tom Jericho
Saffron Burrows
as Claire Romilly
Corin Redgrave
as Admiral Trowbridge
Robert Pugh
as Skynner
Ian Felce
as Proudfoot
Paul Rattray
as Kingcome
Richard Katz
as De Brooke
Tom Fisher
as Upjohn
Nicholas Rowe
as Villiers
Nicolas Rowe
as Villiers
Angus MacInnes
as Commander Hammerbeck
Mary MacLeod
as Mrs. Armstrong
Tim Bentinck
as U-Boat Commander
Rosie Thompson
as Duty Clerk
Rosie Thomson
as Duty Clerk
Emma Buckley
as Land Army Girl
Mirjam De Rooij
as Lady Lodger
Adrian Preater
as RAF Corporal
Edward Woodall
as Bletchley Brain
Hywel Simons
as Male Lodger
Martin Glyn Murray
as RAF Officer
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Critic Reviews for Enigma

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (30)

Audience Reviews for Enigma

  • Jun 04, 2010
    All this viewer can say is that was one heck of a ride! This one has all the ingredients. A group of brilliant code breakers facing a deadline to crack Germany's new and improved Enigma code, a counter-spy that may be leaking information to the enemy, a beautiful woman missing, who may have been murdered, and only two people who have the brains and the bravery to follow the leads through to their logical conclusion. Dougray Scott is brilliant as Tom Jericho, the haggard Oxford mathematician who cracked the original Enigma code and has the best chance of finding the solution to the current version, but he is less than trusted because of a previous breakdown. Kate Winslet is Hester Wallace, a "glorified file clerk" who possesses a superior intellect and a dogged determination to decipher the few clues she and Tom have managed to piece together. The common thread that brings these two together is the disappearance of Claire (Saffron Burroughs), Hester's roommate and Tom's former girlfriend. The brilliant screenplay by Tom Stoppard is brought to life and fairly crackles with tension from one scene to the next by the masterful direction by Michael Apted. The scenery is authentic, the petty office politics that nearly derailed the critical mission is enjoyably frustrating, the supporting cast is brilliant, and the narrative field becomes littered with enough red herrings and plot twists to keep even the sharpest sleuths in the audience guessing right up to the end. Then to top it all off we have the inevitable love story that develops when two closely matched intellects are thrust together in a bit of subterfuge and the perfect recipe is ready. What a joyride!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2009
    Decent retelling of the real life story of the cracking of the Enigma code
    Stuart B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2008
    An entertaining and engaging thriller which managed to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout. It's nice to watch a film that manages to keep a heightened sense of tension without the use of guns and explosions. Instead the tension came from the motives of the characters themselves ("Was Claire a spy? How did the Germans know to change their codes?") Enigma is loosely based historical fiction: the events the film is based around are real, but the characters and events are completely fictional. The backdrop of the war and Bletchley Park provided effective back drops, but if you know anything of the actual history of the Enigma, this film may irritate you. For myself, I was able to put that aside and appreciate this intelligent thriller for what it is; even if the final confrontation was a bit out of place.
    Curt C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2008
    U-571 may have been historically inaccurate, but at least it was entertaining. This is as exciting as tea.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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