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Checkmate (2015)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 8 September 2015 (USA)
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Six people are thrown together during an elaborate bank heist where any move can alter the outcome. Is it coincidence, or are they merely pawns in a much bigger game.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Elohim
Vinnie Jones ... Lu
Sean Astin ... Dyson
Mischa Barton ... Lauren Campbell
Michael Paré ... Captain Raymond Mitchell Howard
Katrina Law ... Katana
Johnny Messner ... Joey
Antwon Tanner ... Bones
Willa Ford ... Sasha
David Chisum ... Allen
Zach Touchon Zach Touchon ... Ron
Gabriel Bateman ... Christopher
Kerry Knuppe ... Calli
Matt Cinquanta ... Matteo
Erik Aude ... Officer Williams


Six people are thrown together during an elaborate bank heist where any move can alter the outcome. Is it coincidence, or are they merely pawns in a much bigger game.

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Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

8 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arbitrary Rule See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When we are first introduced to the chess players Elohim (Danny Glover) and Lu (Vinnie Jones) at the chessboard, the board itself is set up incorrectly. Kings and Queens are reversed, because the board is rotated 90º from the correct starting position. Players set up the board so that White has a dark square on his/her lower left, the a1 square, so the White Queen starts the game on a white square, d1, and the White King on a dark square, e1. Elohim's K is on d1 and his Q on e1. This is a common mistake for novice chess players. See more »


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Stupid plot, Stupid dialog, Disconnected sub-stories
1 September 2015 | by LumpyMusicSee all my reviews

This movie is almost worth watching just to see how ridiculously bad it is.

Every 3rd word or so is an F bomb. That wouldn't be a problem if there was some kind of reason for it or if it were in context. But it's not. It's like the director just said "Throw in a lot of F's just to shock the viewer".

Catholilc priest is a sniper hit-man. Seems totally out of context to the movie. But there doesn't seem to be much "context" to the movie at all anyway.

Two guys playing high stakes chess for some kind of document that might be something like "Immortality". The "Devil" guy that loses the game has thugs with guns that can't beat a chick with a samurai sword. So after those thugs get beat up he calls on his "back up thugs" which consists of people in bathing suits wearing devil Halloween masks. Needless to say the devil aspect has no context to the movie either.

Chick flies a Robinson helicopter with something like a sailboat tiller in reverse. Then in another shot she has some kind of steering wheel.

SWAT team...Couple dozen cops can't shoot a guy standing in the open on the roof. In all fairness, that guy, with his automatic sub-gun, can't hit any of the cops either. Cops fail to notice the bad guy sniper on the roof, the priest sniper in the building across the street nor the bad guy getaway van with two thugs parked in plain view.

None of the actors seemed like they had any lines. It's like some director grabbed anyone off the sound stage and said "OK, sit here, pick up the phone and say something like ""Put me through to Captain""..." The incorrect grammar in my above actual line was deliberate. It's the actual line.

If the acting had been great, it would almost be like a really good parody movie, like "Airplane" or "Police Story" one of the Mel Brooks movies. But the acting sucked. The technical believability sucked. The continuity sucked. And the actors all looked like someone they rounded up at the last minute and offered them lunch if they'd be in the movie.

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