Tetris — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

But what the film lacks in completeness and narrative satisfaction it makes up for in pure energy. Egerton, a reliably game actor who seems to dive headlong into every role he gets, is the driver of that energy, giving Henk the twitchy aura of a man with his back to the wall who is nevertheless still looking to the stars. Yefremov effectively conveys the fire behind the Tetris creator’s warm eyes, while Oleg Stefan is wonderful as a government official caught between dealmaking and toeing the Communist party line. The trio works together wonderfully, weaving endearing humanity into a story that’s often occupied with shady men in black cars and puffed-up executives trying to win through sheer force of monetary might.


Which isn’t to say those black cars and ruthless executives don’t spin magic of their own. Everything in Tetris works, to a point, and Baird’s command of the story’s thriller elements helps push the film into the realm of pure entertainment, even when the cultural observations and thematic punches the film’s trying to land don’t connect perfectly. There’s a great deal of fun to be had here, even if the story is never quite as addictive as the game that inspired it. Tetris doesn’t cast the same spell as its namesake, but it will at least make you look at those falling blocks in a new way.

(Tetris arrives March 31 on Apple TV+)