The story told in the all-new Tetris movie on Apple TV+ is truly something you need to see to believe. While the game of Tetris may be simplistic, the tale behind its creation is anything but.
Sometimes the easiest of concepts can become the most successful endeavours. Especially in gaming, a simple idea can transform into an incredibly addicting pastime. In 1972, Pong took the world by storm when a small ball bounced back and forth on computer screens. Just over a decade later, a game of falling blocks would do the same. However, the surprise story of how turning moving bricks into a video game becomes a spy-thriller is phenomenally depicted in the new Tetris movie now streaming on Apple TV+.
Fast-paced feel found in Tetris movie
Taron Egerton is an absolute star in the new Tetris movie. His character Henk Rogers could convince me to invest in anything. I couldn’t help but identify with Henk in a big way. Early in the film, Henk describes the addictive nature of Tetris by emphasizing the colorful blocks he sees in his dreams. I felt that in my bones.
Back in 2013, I got quite addicted to Tetris myself. Sure, it led to a record-setting performance and a new worldwide high score with my name beside it. But, at what cost?
Anytime I closed my eyes, I could see the multiple colors and shapes scattered throughout the game descending the inside of my eyelids like a television screen.
Something the game does to keep you hooked on the screen is build the pace slowly. At the start, the blocks drop slowly as the player can build their canvas to their heart’s desire. However, the speed rapidly increases the higher your score grows. What begins as a relaxing experience becomes an adrenaline-filled frenzy of chaos. The Tetris movie depicts this feeling perfectly.
Tetris movie now streaming on Apple TV+
I admit, my love for this film may be a bit biased. While there’s no denying the excellence of some of the individual performances, the pace won’t be for everyone. Since the Tetris movie is actually a biography of Henk Rogers and Nikita Yefremov’s Alexey Pajitnov, there’s not much that could have been changed throughout the story while maintaining historical accuracy. Although I loved the mid-movie animations and slow introduction turned explosive spy-thriller, it’s definitely a unique viewing experience.
Even though the film may not become as successful as the game, the Tetris movie is a thrilling ride. With an exceptional score, brilliant acting performances, and a beautiful blend of drama, action, and comedy, Tetris has something everyone can enjoy.
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'Tetris' Review'Tetris' Now Streaming on Apple TV+
- Pacing that matches the intensity of the game
- Fun animations throughout the film
- Excellent score that pairs well with the pacing
- Wonderful performances, highlighted by Taron Egerton
- Unique pacing and storytelling style won't be for everyone
- Biographical style of "wild true story" puts you on a roller coaster you didn't know you signed up for