And in these scenes, absence of dialogue amplifies the surreal, menacing presence of the killer. After he gets a call from the killer urging him to try and figure out the game, he cooperates with police and a psychologist to try and catch the killer, but doubts linger about the grandmaster's innocence as the string of grisly murders continues. In the end, an abrupt ending and a bunch of weird fight scenes sour out the movie. The loser's life falls apart. The slips of the tongue from Lambert also give the impression he 'could' be the killer. When I was watching this film I kept thinking of se7en.
Christopher Lambert is one of the eccentric chess players drawn into the mystery who may or may not himself be the culprit. I would give it higher rating then, now I'm more mature :- Ratings: C. This film is an outstanding and extremely well written dark, disturbing murder thriller. This is trying way too hard to make chess cool. Suspense scenes alternate with scenes of mundane normalcy, which gives the viewer a chance to select the murderer from a pool of suspects whose behavior appear more or less normal. It's a whodunnit in which nobody really cares about. He brings in psychiatrist Kathy Sheppard Diane Lane to test Peter and she falls in love with him.
When a woman Sanderson has recently slept with is among several women brutally murdered at a chess tournament, he becomes a suspect. The interplay between Peter Christopher Lambert and Andy Daniel Baldwin is perfection. But Peter then receives a taunting call from the killer, daring him to solve the deadly game. His rook move to c2 is correct, but only in the sense that's the best move to delay an already lost game. The whodunit element kept me guessing and unsure; the film's suspense kept me fully engaged.
The boy spends the next twenty years in and out of asylums and foster care. Diane Lane gives perhaps the most convincing performance of the bunch. But when the murderer contacts Sanderson and informs him that he's set up a maniacal human chess game, he realizes that he'll have to beat the murderer to stop the killings and clear his own name. When a number of women are violently murdered in the middle of a big chess tournament, chess star and grandmaster Peter Sanderson Christopher Lambert is named the primary suspect, since his girlfriend is among the victims. Knight Moves is one of the finest suspense movies I have ever viewed. Sedman is under political pressure to keep the tournament going. While some of the supporting cast need acting lessons, its camera work and well co-ordinated plot make this an original and enjoyable 'who-dunnit'.
The winner Peter Sanderson Christopher Lambert becomes a grandmaster. The loser stabs the winner repeatedly with a fountain pen, leaving his opponent with everlasting bodily scars. That the murders are based on well-known chess manoeuvres should come as no surprise to seasoned thriller addicts, and nor should the killer's identity, which is betrayed by a seemingly throwaway bit of business near the beginning of the film not a spoiler - only the truly attentive will spot it. The supporting cast was very good and Carl Schenkel's direction kept the film moving at a nice pace. Frank Sedman Tom Skerritt and his loud-mouth partner Andy Wagner Daniel Baldwin investigate. Synopsis A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect.
It is rubbish this one, watch it for a laugh but it's pretty dull so that might be tricky. If you like scary thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat, then this film is for you. I like Lambert, and he's the main reason I liked the movie. If there is one aspect I disliked, it was the dumb detectives played by Baldwin and Skeritt. Worth watching the first time for your own pleasure. The loser stabs the winner with a pen.
When more homicides occur, Captain Frank Sedman and his partner Detective Andy Wagner determine that a serial killer is at work on a Pacific Northwest island. The ending while a good twist, is somewhat disappointing. After he gets a call from the killer urging him to try and figure out the game, he cooperates with police and a psychologist to try and catch the killer, but doubts linger about the grandmaster's innocence as the string of grisly murders continues. It's a mate in 5 for black if played correctly by both sides, correctly meaning that white plays to avoid mate as long as possible. It is often in the top-100-rentals slot in many countries and it seems to appeal to a diverse range of people.
Cue lots of piffle about 'checkmate' and whatnot. As a result, it's going to be almost impossible for the viewer to identify the killer, based solely on the plot. Very well written murder mystery with clues that are fair and sort of a scary movie to boot! Even under suspicion, Peter joins forces with two detectives Tom Skerritt, Daniel Baldwin and a psychologist, Kathy Diane Lane , to track down the killer. This murder mystery from director stars as Peter Sanderson, an expert chess champion. Watch it a second time with someone who hasn't seen it before to see their reactions to the mystery! The only thing you know for certain in this film is that one of the characters on screen is the killer.
It's one of those movies where you'll only get your answers at the end-ish. It's a pretty standard suspense movie. And worst, it made it much more predictable. My main criticism is the screenplay. A psychopath uses the game of chess as a blueprint for a series of brutal murders, in this stylish 1992 film directed by Carl Schenkel.
Diane Laine Christopher's former wife also co-starred in Knight Moves, they acted very well together, the love scene was passionate and loving. Every one and I mean everyone, is a suspect as the cast gets whittled down by the killer leading to a heart pounding climax. I kept wondering up to the moment when the serial killer was revealed who could have done the murders, and even if the killer was Peter Sanderson Christopher Lambert. I really liked this movie a lot. The clues in this movie stand up for any mystery lover and it was fun to try to solve the riddles presented and figure out who-dun-it. A chess grandmaster is in a big tournament, and when his lover is found painted up and the blood drained out of her body he becomes a chief suspect.