review by Bobby Blakey
Taron Egerton has already taken on real life people to bring their stories to film with features such as Eddie the Eagle, Rocketman and more recently in the Apple TV+ series Black Bird as well as bringing the comic character Eggsy to life in The Kingsman franchise. Now he is taking on yet another real life person in the Apple TV+ film Tetris co-starring Toby Jones, Nikita Yefremov, Roger Allam, Anthony Boyle, Togo Igawa, Ken Yamamura, Ben Miles, Ayane Nagabuchi, Matthew Marsh, Rick Yune, Oleg Stefan, and Timur Kassimkulov with Stan & Ollie director Jon S. Baird at the helm.
Tetris follows the true story of American video game salesman Henk Rogers and his discovery of TETRIS in 1988. When he sets out to bring the game to the world, he enters a dangerous web of lies and corruption behind the Iron Curtain.
If you were to tell me that a film about the game Tetris would be engaging, interesting and even sometimes exciting then I would have thought you were crazy, but here we are. The story of the evolution of this game and the gaming industry at this time is insane and near impossible to believe in what all occurred just to get the game in our hands.
When we think about these video games we tend to just assume there were a group of people in front of computers working it all out and then it gets released. This story offers up so much more than that as it deals with not only the popularity and design of the game, but also the involvement of the KGB, shady business deals and life threatening decisions all for this game.
Egerton is great as always here bringing a struggling simple yet driven man to life and carries the heft of the film. The supporting cast are good as well, but this is Egerton’s show all the way and of course the game industry. It weaves such an
engaging story from its inception to where we are today that is near impossible to believe. I honestly don’t want to say much as I think it is better as it unfolds for those that don’t know anything about it to experience and be blown away by it all.
This was a film I thought might be interesting despite me always hating this game, but is so much more here than I imagined. Since I have never been overly interested in this world as a whole didn’t know anything about its journey to being one of the most popular games of its kind ever and glad I checked it out.
See if you can match the pieces and check out Tetris when it streams exclusively on Apple TV+ on March 31st.