PAWN SACRIFICE (2014)
A film by Edward Zwick
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard
World War III on a chess board. Here is the story of Bobby Fisher who was one time the world champion at chess with new moves never seen in chess before. Fischer, the Brooklyn kid who challenged the Russian chess champion Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the 1972 world championships in Reykjavik. History was made there especially on the 6th game and trust me it is a lot of pressure that those two men to endure. With the Cold War at its peak, both America and the Soviet Union saw the match as a show of intellectual and ideological strength. It was up to Fisher to bring the trophy home the Americans needed that victory so bad. The question is will he survive the stress?
Ches is a fast games with such precision that you have to be on your feet all the time; it is a game of precision. Fisher was raised by a Jewish Communist (Robin Weigert) who was always looking over her shoulder, Fischer knew paranoia from a young age it destroyed every decision that he made in life. He became interested in chess at a young age and won tournament easily. He can’t handle the stress alone, and is soon joined by celebrity lawyer Paul Marshall (Michael Stuhlbarg) and chess-playing priest Father Bill Lombardy (Peter Sarsgaard) to break the winning streak that the Russian had for so many years. Fischer’s deteriorating mental state was killing his personality, he became difficult and demanding. It was too much to put in the film so they had to cut a lot of it down but the film stand out and delivers. There is a documentary of this called “Bobby Fisher against the world” that have mire details than the film has and it is worth the look.