Thursday, January 24 2013, 12:34 PM MST
Sundance Review: Computer Chess
1.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Starring: Patrick Riester, Myles Paige and James Curry
Recommended to: Insomniacs and those looking for an unsatisfactory Sundance experience.
Set in 1980 Computer Chess tells the story of a group of computer programmers who gather yearly to pit their latest and greatest chess playing programs against each other in hopes of someday creating a program that can defeat a human chess master.
On paper this mockumentry sounded promising. In actuality it was a 90-minute film that felt like it lasted 180 minutes. There are some funny moments, but they are few and far between and could easily be contained in a 10-minute short. Youd be better off watching Darren Aronofskys Pi and Miguel Artetas Cedar Rapids and imagining what a film might look like if you were to merge the two movies into one.
-Ryan Michael Painter
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)