Movie Review: Pawn Sacrifice (PG13)
I'm not sure how many would be interested in this biopic of Bobby Fischer, an American chess prodigy who became famous for taking on Russian chess masters during the Cold War years.
Yet, you don't need to be a chess aficionado or even know how the game is played to be impressed by this gripping drama.
Tobey Maguire puts up an intense performance as Fischer, whose sole existence is to be the best chess player in the world.
Pawn Sacrifice may focus on the extraordinary 1972 match between Fischer and Russia's Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) for the world chess champion title, but Maguire makes us feel for his arrogant and erratic character as paranoia slowly takes over his brilliant mind.