In 1991, I was given a Nintendo Game Boy, along with bite-sized copies of Tetris and Super Mario Land. In 1992, when I emerged from my bedroom, I had finally mastered every level of both games. In 2023, the movie versions of the games that dominated by childhood are here to remind me that my lost year was not ill-spent.
Today, Apple TV+ dropped the trailer for Tetris, the Taron Egerton-led film about the development of the video game that we’ve all spent way too much time playing. In the trailer for the film, which is based on a true story, Egerton plays Henk Rogers, a video game developer for whom Tetris becomes not just a project, but a passion.
“It’s poetry — art and math all working in magical synchronicity. It’s the perfect game,” Rogers says describing the game.
Rogers, having acquired the rights to Tetris from it’s Russian creator, Alexey Pajitnov (Nikita Yefremov), realizes how addictive this game is and wants to make a deal with Nintendo for it to be playable on their brand new hand-held gaming system, the Game Boy. The only trouble is, it’s 1988, the Cold War is still raging, and when Soviet officials get wind of the deal that Rogers is trying to make, it becomes a dangerous game for everyone involved.
The Apple TV+ press release for the film promises that Tetris is “a Cold War–era thriller on steroids, with double-crossing villains, unlikely heroes, and a nail-biting race to the finish.”
I really hope Apple never decides to make a movie out of my actual childhood nemesis, Perfection, because my heart won’t be able to handle that kind of anxiety.
Tetris co-stars Toby Jones, Ben Miles, Roger Allam, and Togo Igawa. The film premieres on Apple TV+ on March 31. Watch the full trailer in the video above.
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