It Was Just A Game In The Beginning
And so it starts with a pawn... A small win here and a small win there and before you know it "You're hooked".
Life started off fairly chaotic for young, Bobby Fischer growing up in a home with a communist mom and several shady friends. It was not long before Bobby found his escape through chess, for in chess he could spend hours losing himself in every move.
Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Bobby's rise to fame and popularity through chess which led him to take on some of the toughest players in the world. It just so happens that in his case, the best players were in Russia.
Bobby's savant-like ability to play at a level known to know other, pegged him as a symbol of hope in America during a time of great struggle. Fischer was contacted by Paul Marshall(Stulbarg), a government lawyer who steered Bobby into the depths of madness without any regard that he may lose his sanity.
This film is an interesting story of what can happen when a man's mind is pushed beyond the point of no return.
Fischer's Decent Into Madness Captivates Your Attention
Fisher's fall is not without some stellar moments of clarity that had those closest to him concerned for his stability outside of the game.
Bobby's sister, Joan Fischer(Rabe) maintained contact with Bobby throughout his rise in the ranks, all the way up to his epic match with Russian Chess Master, Boris Spassky(Schreiber).
This is where the twisted ends truly begin to unravel as Bobby struggles to overcome delusions and confront the Russian Titan.
Tobey Mguaire's performance throughout the film is some of his best work yet, as he digs deep into the illness wreaking havoc within Bobby Fischer's mind.
After Watching, Pawn Sacrifice
I will say without a doubt that this film is one that you should want to see, if you enjoy films that explore the depths of man's mind.
The Pawn Sacrifice is also a film that will remind you of why Tobey is a quality actor and make you question why he doesn't get more roles.
This is also a film that may have you rethinking what you thought about chess, once you see just how artful the game can be played.
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