Not quite as elegant or compelling as the game itself, the origin story nevertheless manages to tell a fascinating and surprisingly sweet tale of gamesmanship and devotion to craft. Yes, the closing sequences in Russia border on farce and do the movie a disservice, but the essence of the story, much like the game, is simple and pretty great. Well worth watching for anyone who loved the game, loves gaming, or lived the early days of computer programming (guilty, guilty, and guilty as charged). (AppleTV+)

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