Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 19.46.29Computer Chess is a film like no other I have seen. Set around a 1980’s computer chess tournament the film explores the characters involved in the tournament and their attempts to beat a human person. The film is shot documentary style for a film set of the time – some of it even being shot on a vintage Sony camera. This gives a sense of realness to the story, which is a amalgamation of boring reality and bizarreness.


Although the story is focused around the chess tournament and the players discuss programming for lengthy intervals the characters are what give the film its charm – charm being something the film has by the barrel load. From one characters attempt to find a room to sleep in through to a computer questioning the meaning of life the film always keeps you on your toes; as you do not know whether the next scene will be about the chess or something entirely different.

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One line of dialogue stood out and I kind of think it sums up my feelings for the film itself. After losing to a more powerful computer a character states that they ‘just took something mediocre and turbo-charged it’. This is essentially how the film is… there is nothing exceptional about the film in terms of story, the style is also fairly decent but not spectacular however they have used the characters and situation in such a way that it has been ‘turbo-charged’ into something interesting.


Computer Chess is not a film for everyone but is definitely worth a Screen shot 2014-08-11 at 20.58.08watch.


Story – 3/5

Style – 3/5

Technical – 4/5

Enjoyment – 4/5


The film scores 14/20 or 7/10.