ByKyle Schroeder, writer at

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama "Set during the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire." Tobey Maguire shows off a deep range in his role of Bobby Fisher. Pawn Sacrifice is multilayered as it gives us great insight of the characters and an edge of your seat thriller. In almost a "Beautiful Mind",kind of way showing Bobby's mental issues. So we do get a level of empathy for him and his foe Boris Spassky played by and with great effect Lev Schreiber. The pressure from the mind and the country's involved in wanting to not just win for themselves but for the Cold War race. An empathy for people in Bobby's life that watched and stood by as sure a genius of a chess but the rest of time a man who was caught in a rabbit hole of paranoia and his mind. Directed by Edward Zwick, the film flows with at times with a humor thanks to Toby hitting the right tone to play Booby, because it easily flips to serious when it feels appropriate. The film's soundtrack and score keep you paying attention as well. Plus Zwick allows chess to be as less boring as one can hope, thanks to presentation and characters that Coke as being so important, that you feel you want even more. Pawn Sacrifice shows us the highs and lows of Bobby Fisher, does not hide his mental health problems. With the Cold War mixed in a gripping story that is clever and solid acting, a movie that is worth the time. I give Pawn Sacrifice an 8.7 out of 10 (A-)


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