American chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) enthrall the world with their intense battle of wills and strategy during the 1972 World Chess Championship.
American chess legend Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Soviet Grandmaster Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) enthrall the world with their intense battle of wills and strategy during the 1972 World Chess Championship. less
“Thanks to the taut writing and crisp direction, you can't sacrifice this cinematic experience.”
Chess is generally seen as a boring subject for most of the people, especially as a subject of a movie. But after seeing Pawn Sacrifice, most of the people will change their opinion about this nail-biting game of thriller.
Pawn Sacrifice is a true story based on Bobby Fischer who was an American Chess legend. It’s a story containing so many layers. In 1972, when the cold war between USA & USSR was on all-time high, a chess match was held between Boris Spassky, USSR’s champion & Bobby Fischer, USA’s champion. Bobby was undoubtedly the most brilliant mind in Chess but Boris wasn’t lacking behind either.
As a biopic, the most important elements that can hold it are acting & direction. Pawn Sacrifice, the biopic of Bobby Fischer, manages to get brilliant acting out of Toby Maguire, Lily Rabe & Liev Schreiber. As a director, Edward Zwick gives a complete justice to the story & doesn’t leave any fold unturned. It’s a difficult story to manage but Edward Zwick managed it with conviction. There is not a point where you might feel bored during the film.
Toby Maguire has done a brilliant portrayal of Bobby Fischer. He’s an eccentric genius (as Fischer & as an actor as well). The most striking performance as a villain this year has to be Liev Schreiber. He’s played a Russian genius’s character too well.
Even though the subject of the film is mainly a game of Chess between geniuses of 2 rival countries, you don’t have to be knowing the game of Chess. If you love edge-of-your-seat thriller, love the topic of the cold war, and/or just love eccentric characters, this is a must watch film for you. Way better than Katti Batti & at par with Everest & Black Mass.