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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
Garry Kasparov is possibly the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997, he played a match against the greatest chess computer: IBM's Deep Blue. He lost. This film depicts the drama that happened away from the chess board from Kasparov's perspective. It explores the psychological aspects of the game and the paranoia surrounding IBM's ultimate chess machine.
Over wraught. The documentary reflects Garry's paranoia and inability to believe a computer could play the style it played. It's fair that the documentary portrayed that, that's a fascinating insight into Garry, but to define itself by it?!
The documentary ends up repeating itself and struggling to make a point that isn't there to be made.
There is some okay archive footage, and it feels like a bit of a treat to spend a couple of hours with Kasparov.
At 84 minutes, there is probably 44 minutes of good material. A shame.
Surprisingly engaging. Filled with as much sex (none) and action/suspense (bucket loads) as chess can have.
“The great Russian champion was not a graceful loser,” is said more than once in this documentary, but never really shown, highlighting two of the movie’s big problems: unnecessary sensationalism, and throwing things at the audience while expecting us to take them at face value.
No, the future of humanity wasn’t really on the line during the overhyped 1997 Kasparov–Deep Blue match. It was an interesting event, though, and it deserves a more fair and better-researched documentary.
Here, the main premise is that something was fishy in that famous game – namely, did a human being illegally help Deep Blue? But the suspicions are meek at best, IBM never has a chance to defend itself, and the documentary employs all…
If I see that damn mechanical chess carnival game one more time I may shove the plinkety plink piano up its ass...
There's a great story hiding in this film. A better director could have turned this into a fascinating study of a grand master coming undone.
Kasparov takes on IBM in a film that bathes in a conspiracy angle, much to its detriment.
Kasparov may come across as a little petulant, but the smugness and arrogance of the IBM team is amazing to watch. Seeing the programmer complain about having the PR Team tell him isn’t allowed to smile at the press conference shows how misguided he is. Thankfully there is a high level of focus on the games of chess.
Despite the films horrid whisper sequences and constant use of The Turk, it is hard not to sympathise with Kasparov. He was used and events quickly became adversarial, potentially with political motives.
|King Costanza|: Girls in chess costumes beats out a dire money shot of an IBM computer.
Though the filmmakers were clearly biased, this was still a really interesting and fun movie to watch. An extra 1/2 star for using music and editing to create a completely unnecessary but very entertaining sinister feel to the film. I enjoyed this very much.
Only one real complaint- overkill on the 19th century chess playing machine as an atmospheric device.
Thumbs Up: Fascinating account of the heated battle between man and machine, excellent use of stock footage (especially in using "the Turk" as the face of Deep Blue), interviews with Kasparov reveal the emotional toll taken by the game and the paranoia that haunts him to this day, good supporting interviews with the guys behind Deep Blue.
Thumbs Down: It's a bit one-note with its fast-paced editing and tense music playing for the whole duration, also probably a little too sombre for its subject material (emotional turmoil aside, Kasparov is essential accusing IBM of cheating at a board game).
A pretty interesting, though imperfect documentary about the nine-day stretch where Garry Kasparov -- the Babe Ruth of chess -- lost to a chess-playing computer named Deep Blue.
Behind the (weak) recreations, and lamentable returns to the "scene of the crime" by Kasparov, lies an exploration of how a computer can outsmart a man -- or perhaps more significantly, psych him out. Even more intriguing, did the Deep Blue creators at IBM play fair? After all, a computer (with its calculations) and a human helping it (with his chess strategy and cogent thought) is better than a computer alone or a human alone.
Kasparov, arrogant as he is, comes off as a champion of the fallibility of man, compared to…
If it planned on making the accusations it did then it should have been ready to be more investigatory. As it is, heavy on sympathy for Kasparov and more than one-sided, but still enjoyable.
Edited like a psych thriller, it's a documentary that may be a tad exploitive in approach, but in a way that seems to capture Kasparov's own paranoia.
Although its not a good movie (editing, sound and even the camera work are rather poor, its treatment hokey and partial) , it does manage to bring one key point across: The greatest player in the world was pinned under conditions that left something to be desired both in terms of sportsmanship and scientific spirit.
The worst parts of the conspiracy theory, such as game #2 being played with human help are hard to prove and the film does not help; neither does the fact that Kasparov jumped the gun and instead of resigning could have had a draw. However, that is secondary as the point is not whether machines can beat people at chess. They can.
The actual story…
Interesting theme that has entered new phases in recent times (computers now ARE undoubtedly better chess players than humans and are useful training partners). This documentary, though, plays out more like a long news report. Passé in so many ways.
But Kasparov is the greatest player in chess history, so it's not a total waste of time.
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