Tetris introduces viewer to the perilous high-stakes attempts to obtain the licensing rights to the smash video game in the tardy 80s in Moscow. The blocks are mostly lined up in a spy-style thriller, accompanied by 8-bit images. The narrative progresses to higher levels as the character, also known as player, compete for a lucrative prize. The cloak and dagger plot plays out in the primary two acts before taking a hyperbolic turn. An exaggerated ending seems risible. However, Tetris manages to show the Iron fist of communism when it comes to oppression, brutal tactics and rampant corruption.
Around 1988 in Las Vegas, Henk Rogers (Taron Egerton), the founder of lead proof soft conflicted, sits at his booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). No one is interested in his version of Go. Watch everyone scream to play Tetris. Henk is fascinated by the addictive game. He discover that UK-based Microsoft owned the rights to Tetris in the US, but that Japan, where he lived, was an open market.
Henk returns to Tokyo, determined to buy Tetris. He uses everything he has to a peril venture, much to the chagrin of his wife (Ayana Nagabuchi) and his business partner. Henk returns to the United States and sneaks into Nintendo’s headquarter. His bold move works. They are impressed with Tetris, but they have a top secret project that will change the game. Henk works at Microsoft in London with a new goal.
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A meeting with Microsoft owner Robert Maxwell (Roger Allam) and his cheeky son Kevin Maxwell (Anthony Boyle) reveals new information. Microsoft secured the security of Tetris through Robert Stein (Toby Jones), a shady businessman who sold Russian soft conflicted. Henk realizes that he needs to go to Moscow, find the inventor of Tetris and sign an exclusive contract before Microsoft will sign up.
He flies to a restless superpower using a Tourist visa under an artificial pretext. Meanwhile, in Moscow, Tetris creator Alexei Pajitnov (Nikita Efrem) receives a menaceening visit from the treacherous trade minister (Igor Grabuzov) and his KGB bandit. They understand the enormous value of Tetris and want to be compensated.
Tetris presents the main character and the setting with outdated 8-bit graphics, the bottom line is that everyone is trying to win the real game by having a guaranteed Moneymaker. Each level becomes more difficult as player become embroiled in the imminent end of the Soviet Union. This stylized approach becomes increasingly intrusive as the action heats up. The car chase scene that turns into a video game is ridiculous and far-fetched. The constant tension is relieved by the use of cartoonish elements at critical moments.
Taron Egerton portrays Henk as daring and unwavering, but truly determined. You can’t afford to accept rejection as an answer. Henk perils his personal safety in Russia for his family’s financial future; they will lose everything if he fails. Alexei also faces disastrous consequences, since Soviet citizens were not allowed to make profits from their work. He is pounced and severely punished, while other benefit from his brilliance. Communism subordinates, demanding loyalty. The best moments of the film show grim feeding lines and the claret trade as the elites claim the benefits of free market capitalism.
Tetris is similar to those pesky L- and T-shaped blocks. They’re great for some places, but pose problems for other. The overall scenario has its merits. Hank and Alexey, who are brawling the ravenous vultures and the tyrannical government, deserve a close look. However, the game’s graphics lose their desire, and the movie duplicates that approach, although it shouldn’t.