“Endgame” is a film about a young man using Chess to escape the worst parts of his life. Growing up in tiny Brownsville, Jose just wants to get out of his brother’s shadow. He practices Chess with his grandmother until he becomes a mini master. Teaming up with his school coach, Jose sets out to win like a true student athlete. The film is based on a true story for those that care about source material in that way.

Honestly, it’s a calm juvenile drama about beating the odds. While these films don’t set the world on fire, they target a certain section of the audience that needs this sort of fare. Rico Rodriguez, Efren Ramirez and the rest of the main cast are amazing. If you can dig quiet family dramas, this will do it for you. I know that doesn’t sound amazing for the neckbeards out there, but guess what? Again, it’s another film not meant for you.


  • Commentary
  • Interviews
  • Trailers
  • Deleted Scenes


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track


  • 90%
    Video - 90%
  • 92%
    Audio - 92%
  • 94%
    Supplemental Material - 94%

The Plot Thus Far

Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose’s abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use his skills and for once in his life, finds himself in the spotlight, as he tries to help his team make it to the Texas state finals. As their coach, Mr. Alvarado, teaches his students the meaning of perseverance and team effort in the face of adversity, Jose discovers his own strengths and uses them to bring his broken family together.


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