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I think that out of everything which I enjoyed about the movie, it was the characters that really took it home for me. They're all so different and each have their own little back story which makes for interesting interactions among the characters. I think that these back stories were developed well enough so that some of the characters really had a good sense of depth. But at the same time, this movie wasn't always about depth. A lot of it was very situational; you get to enjoy watching how the characters interact or get involved in some pretty awkward situations.
So, give it a chance. I think that you could come away very happy that you gave this somewhat "artsy" or "indy" film a chance. I know I did.
Commentary by one of the Deep Blue programmers, Murray Campbell, and a short special feature showing four actual computer vs. computer games at increasing levels of program sophistication, are perhaps more interesting than the film itself. As the 70’s moved into the 80’s a debate was going on as to the most successful way for a computer to beat a human expert: “brute strength” [take advantage of a computer’s exceedingly fast processing power to examine EVERY POSSIBLE MOVE, for as many turns out as the computer could handle] vs. a more sophisticated approach, that tried to some degree, to replicate the way humans play: look for the more promising moves, and explore those ones out further than you can go by examining ridiculous moves. Campbell says brute force basically won out, as computers got faster and faster, memory capacity larger and larger, and then May 11, 1997 Deep Blue beat the world master Gary Kasparov, in two matches. Since then, no human grandmaster has been able to beat the best computer programs [sigh]. Campbell observes astutely: in the early years every programmer was faced with his computer making a move that looked embarrassingly bad. Now, when the machine makes a move that nobody would anticipate, it’s because it’s THAT GOOD. Coming next: Terminator, Rise of the Machines, mwhahaha. Oh: I give the movie a B-, and the extras are quite good.
This is a movie that shows itself through its details and dialogue so you have to pay attention to what's going on. Although it has a somewhat straightforward story line it's a little hard to follow because of the weird zig-zags it takes between the characters. But it's absolutely hilarious! I laughed out loud many times at all the dry, subtle humor peppered throughout. Michael Papageorge and the tournament director are two very memorable characters.
Other reviewers seem to think this movie attempts to be high-minded, which is silly. It doesn't have anything to say about computers or chess. It's just a weird little comedy that's certainly not for everyone, and it's impossible to tell if it's for you until you sit down and watch it. In my opinion it's worth the gambit, just give it a shot!
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