The winner Peter Sanderson Christopher Lambert becomes a grandmaster. Although he is the prime suspect, he becomes involved with a psychologist called in by the Police. 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. As the film comes to its conclusion, it is revealed that Peter was the one assaulted at the chess match in 1972. It is rubbish this one, watch it for a laugh but it's pretty dull so that might be tricky. I guarentee you will keep changing your guess to who the killer is many times while watching this. The setting of a chess tournament as a backdrop for the various murders is unusual.
Extremely predictable, cliche overall, and just 'game over', the end. The murders aren't explicitly detailed, and Schenkel goes out of his way to avoid crowd-pleasing exploitation, which rather curbs the film's commercial emphasis. And that David who is the actual killer has been working as a police intern under a new alias. Christopher Lambert stars as Peter Sanderson a master chess player who is targeted by a serial killer who is killing women and blaming it on Sanderson, Captain Frank Stedman Tom Skerritt and Detective Andy Wagner believe that Sanderson is behind it all, while a Dr. But at least it's never dull, and the climax is reasonably proficient, complete with overwrought thunderstorm and psycho with a mommy complex! As the chess master becomes more and more connected to the deaths, psychologist Kathy Sheppard is brought in to figure out if the chess prodigy is as innocent as he claims to be. The best American Giallo Italian Argento-like thriller is made by a German guy! In the end, an abrupt ending and a bunch of weird fight scenes sour out the movie.
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. Christopher Lambert is one of the eccentric chess players drawn into the mystery who may or may not himself be the culprit. Diane Laine Christopher's former wife also co-starred in Knight Moves, they acted very well together, the love scene was passionate and loving. When a woman Sanderson has recently slept with is among several women brutally murdered at a chess tournament, he becomes a suspect. Kathy Shepperd unwisely falls for Sanderson in this entertaining yet confusing thriller. But beware; there are plenty of plot twists and false clues. I recommend this movie very highly for those who like an intelligent mystery that relies on mood, stylish directing and a well written script.
I think most people would enjoy Knight Moves, it's well written and with a strong cast. The ending while a good twist, is somewhat disappointing. Very well written murder mystery with clues that are fair and sort of a scary movie to boot! It does remind me a lot of the early 1970's Dario Argento films with it's black gloved razor blade clutching killer, oddball characters and film style. The photography is a juxtaposition of European noir sur blanc and British thriller, with a little American 'home-grown' logic thrown in for good effect. This role was picked up by Christophe's then wife, Diane Lane, who not only coped well with the character, but also with a well-rehearsed bedroom scene.
He's a single dad and a womanizer. The supporting cast was very good and Carl Schenkel's direction kept the film moving at a nice pace. . None of the clues get the audience involved. But he can't win, his game is already lost. My main criticism is the screenplay. I really didn't know what to expect when I rented Knight Moves.
They say the problem is that there's a mate in 5, not a mate in 4. The only thing you know for certain in this film is that one of the characters on screen is the killer. He is upstaged by his sidekick Daniel Baldwin. I was amazed not expecting it to be this good! The problem I see is that Lambert's coach suggests he can win with a mate in 5, and misses it. The loser stabs the winner with a pen. 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 meantime he becomes one of the youngest, most successful in history. Set on an island off Canada at a world chess tournament, where the killer is murdering his or her I won't spill the beans! Direction was fine most of part, script, dialogs, acting not really. This film is an outstanding and extremely well written dark, disturbing murder thriller. This is definately Lambert's best film role as he delivers a feverish performance. A script re-write, with more emphasis on character development, combined with the deletion of superfluous scenes would, I think, have made for a more satisfying whodunit puzzle. I was amazed not expecting it to be this good! If there is one aspect I disliked, it was the dumb detectives played by Baldwin and Skeritt.
The story centres around chess player Peter Sanderson Christophe Lambert and his possible involvement in a string of serial killings. A very attractive woman indeed, however she is in a shockingly unsexy sex scene with Lambo, all silk curtains over a pristine four poster. I like Lambert, and he's the main reason I liked the movie. Nice photography with a creepy opening scene. The loser stabs the winner repeatedly with a fountain pen, leaving his opponent with everlasting bodily scars. Every one and I mean everyone, is a suspect as the cast gets whittled down by the killer leading to a heart pounding climax. The loser's life falls apart.