During World War II, Bletchley Park was the center of Britain’s intelligence operations. The major activity was trying to break and decode the messages sent between German troops and submarines. The most famous code used the “Enigma” machine to change understandable text into random letters that were useless without the proper ‘key’ to decode the message. But it wasn’t the tense work that drove mathematic genius Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott) crazy, it was the beautiful and enticing Claire Romilly (Saffron Burrows). When Tom returns to Bletchley from medical rest, he’s plunged back into breaking a new German code. However, Tom also searches for Claire, who’s disappeared. Aided by Claire’s former roommate Hester Wallace (Kate Winslet), Tom discovers that there’s more to the puzzle than the missing Claire. And a spy hunter named Wigram (Jeremy Northam) seems to have his eye on Tom as well. But the real key is in four missing messages about a mass grave in Poland. The tense mystery keeps audiences guessing until the end.
As Tom remembers parts of his affair with Claire, flashbacks include a scene of graphic sex and nudity. Along with a few British ‘bloodies’, the dialogue includes several strong obscenities and a number of crude words. In keeping with the time period, several characters frequently smoke and a bottle of scotch is offered as a prize to the first person to break the code. Although Tom wins the bottle, he gives it to another. Despite sneaking around and violating security rules, Tom and Hester end up helping catch a spy. Tom even takes a moment to encourage some women who don’t get much credit for their work. Unfortunately, the vulgar language and graphic sexual content should make ENIGMA an unsolved puzzle. Distributor: Manhattan Pictures, 369 Lexington Ave., 10th Fl., New York, NY 10017