TETRIS – A Review by John Strange
This is the story of how the Russian computer game Tetris came to be on computers, game systems, arcade games, and handheld devices in the West. It is a story filled with intrigue, backstabbing, politics, and capitalism!
Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton), a game developer himself, comes across Tetris at an electronics show in Las Vegas. He drops the game he developed to try to be the distributor of the new game. What he encounters makes the movie worth watching.
Between arrogant, crooked Brits and crooked, scheming Russian officials, Henk was up against long odds. But his was a hunger to succeed that either makes a man rich or burns him to a cinder.
With Tetris-like scene changes and a most interesting car chase, the cinematography of this film is extraordinary. I spent 30+ years working with computers for a living, and during this timeframe, to boot. I never knew this interesting background story of a game I once played for hours at my local arcades. I loved it!
Director: Jon S. Baird
Cast: Taron Egerton, Nikita Efremov, Sofia Lebedeva, Anthony Boyle
MPAA Rating: R (for language)
Selig Rating: 5 Stars
Runtime: 118 Min.
Release Date: Select Theaters – 03/24/2023; Apple TV+ – 03/31/2023
Trailer: TETRIS Trailer
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.
4 Stars – Good movie/show
3 Stars – OK movie/show
2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…
1 Star – Total waste of time.