The world's best selling video game, Tetris, is becoming a movie on Apple TV+. The trailer has now been released, filled with intrigue and visual flair, including some interesting peeks at some of the movies interesting cinematography. Here's what the first trailer tells us about the new Apple TV+ movie.
We know when it's coming out
The trailer begins with a triumphant 80s computer-style screen, with the date that the movie will be premiering on Apple TV+. Tetris is coming on March 31st, 2023, so there's not long to wait to watch it on your Apple TV 4K, or iPhone 14 Pro Max, the best iPhone on the market.
It's not a video game adaptation
No personified L-shaped Tetris blocks here, but instead the story of how Tetris came to the United States. Henk Rogers, played by Taron Edgerton has to outsmart the KGB so that he can get Tetris out of the Soviet Union and into the United States. He has to team up with Tetris's creator, Alexey Pajitonov, played by Nikita Efremov, and go on a thrilling adventure through the Soviet Union of the eighties – when it was at its most guarded and dangerous.
There's some epic facial hair
The eighties featured some of the coolest facial hair you've ever seen, so it would be remiss of us to not mention the mustaches on display here. Henk sports an incredible lip accouterment, replete with a slick hairdo. There are other nods to the time period as well, such as all the incredible old computers, suits, and music from Europe (The band, not the continent. Although Europe is from Europe. And the eighties).
There's a familiar face (screen)
We meet the Gameboy – the system that made Tetris the giant that it became. In a scene in the trailer, Henk is introduced to the system by a lab coat-clad Howard Lincoln, played by Ben Miles. What story about Tetris would be complete without a Gameboy?
It looks visually interesting
The trailer is interspersed with various bits of Tetris paraphernalia that swim about on screen, like blocks while Henk describes the game to executives in offices. One of the coolest bits of visual trickery is a scene in the trailer of a car crash that seems to pixelate – as the lines of Tetris do when you get a game over. Whether there is much of this in the movie remains to be seen, but the trailer sure has some great visual realization.
We can't wait
Tetris looks like a riot, with its mix of dark humor and action. As big lovers of Tetris anyway, and the legacy it's left behind as the best-selling video game of all time, a story about its journey to our pockets and screens is going to be a blast. Keep your eyes tracked on this one, and make sure you've got an Apple TV+ subscription so that you don't miss out.
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As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.