Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2004)
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For the international chess community, it was a blow against humanity when Garry Kasparov -- arguably the greatest chess player the ancient game has seen - lost to IBM's computer, Deep Blue. "It's about the supremacy of human beings over machines in purely intellectual fields. It's about defending human superiority in an area that defines human beings," Kasparov had said prior to the 1997 match. He did not take the loss lightly.
Dec 3, 2004 Limited
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Although Jayanti creates an absorbing scenario of possible corporate malfeasance engineered by a group of slide-rule wielding thugs and shadowy boardroom bullies, he fails to produce the requisite smoking pawn.
Though it never disguises its sympathies for Kasparov and contempt for a powerful corporation's machinations, docu is finally a speculation on the limits of the human mind and how truth can never be fully known.
In overemphasizing the conspiracy case, Game Over moves from being a compelling documentary to a frankly irritating one.
After the interesting chess lesson is done in Game Over, all Jayanti has left is a film with one big question and no visible attempt to find any answers.
interesting on a human level since it doesn't dwell on the strategical and analytical aspects of the game
Kasparov is a sympathetic character and, even as he belabors the outcome years later, we feel for him
What is strongly suggested, and what a casual chess player might not expect, is the degree to which the game involves psychological warfare
Propelled by the edge-of-nerves atmospherics of Robert Lane's music, this is as much a psychological thriller as a historical document.
It should be good fun for chess lovers. For the chess-indifferent, it also has some enjoyable moments.
It's a fascinating story, and mostly because Garry Kasparov is a fascinating subject.
If you don't know a knight's gambit from a rook switcheroo -- or if you don't know there's no such thing as a rook switcheroo -- it probably won't interest you.
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