Movie Title: Pawn Sacrifice
Directed By: Edward Awick
Produced By: Gail Katz Tobey Maguire
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard, Live Dchreiber
A Brief Plot
Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) is first shown in his apartment having a strange paranoia of being spied by the Russians. A knock comes on the door and he is reluctant to open the door. As he opens the door, a flashback of Fischer when he was 6 is shown. He looks out the window and it appears to him that someone is spying at him. He discovers his mother being a migrant from Moscow supporting communism and of the opinion that the revolution is about to begin which is against American capitalist principles and hence they are spied upon.
His sister takes him to bed, and unable to sleep and counter his loneliness, he sees a chess board and teaches himself to play chess. He gets very obsesses with chess and thinking that if he is defeated by someone, his obsession will end, his mother takes him to Nigro. Nigro defeats him, but he convinces his mother that she should allow him to pursue chess. Nigro starts coaching him, and his professional chess career begins. He becomes the youngest grand master ever. He goes to Russia for a championship and observes that Russian grand masters are drawing games and realizes that this was to isolate Fischer from the championship. He gets angry and quits the tournament and ends his professional career. When he returns to US, government lawyer Pual Marshall meets him and tells him that he will help Fischer to fix the rules so that he could have a fair chance to win. After the format of the game is fixed, Bobby re-enters his career. He selects Lombardy as his second with assigned role of taking care of Bobby’s whimsical nature. Bobby starts to get very demanding and keeps threatening that he will withdraw chess if his demands aren’t met. He has only one obsession now, to defeat Spassky.
Bobby and Spassky is to be in a 25 match series. However, Bobby starts to make more and more demands. And he is under severe paranoia that that Soviets are planning to kill him as he knows he will defeat Spassky. He runs away from reporters and hates them. Having a lot of sensitivity in his concentration due to paranoia and noise, he is ripping apart and loses some match. After all his demands are met, Bobby starts to win Spassky. Although he wings the tournament, his delusions have destroyed him completely and he goes into self-imposed exile.
My Review and Perception
The movie is directed by Edward Zwick who’s directed movies like Blood Diamond and Legends of the Fall. This movie is a biographical drama thriller movie. Based on the career of Bobby Fischer and his breakdown, the movie has really shown a lot of good view and perception towards a diseased human and the beautiful game of chess.
Tobey Maguire, whom we know from the Spider-man movies, has done a great job portraying the character of real person Bobby Fischer. His will to win Spassk, played by Liev Schreiber, is very full of thrill and amusements. Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Sarsgaard are in the movie as Tobey’s sidekick. They monitor every act and nature of the paranoid Fischer.
The movie is a must watch for all the chess game lover. Tobey’s acting in the movie is ofcourse phenomenal, and the screenplay of the movie is just awesome. Any Bobby Fischer fan will definitely enjoy the movie a lot for sure.
The movie deserves 4 out of 5 stars for a great presentation of Bobby Fischer’s biography.