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Reviewed on 2008-03-28
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
Sixteen, Ring, Sweet and folded arms have not symbolization for us, but for five MIT students these signs meant the difference between a dollar and two hundred thousand. 21 is a film inspired by true events of six MIT students, who took Las Vegas casinos for millions after being trained in card counting. Tales in the movie of how these events unfolded do not follow the actual events as they happened. Starring Jim Sturgess as Ben Campbell, a math wiz, who is in desperate need of fast cash to cover his expenses to attend Harvard Med. It just so happens at the same time his professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) is in need of a new player for his card counting, money making scheme. Micky impressed by Benís skills brings him on board, however it does take some convincing, but it does help that Benís crush, Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), is one of the players.

The groupís card counting skills are taken to Sin City where they have new identities and use their talent to beat the house, again and again. As anyone who has gambled knows, you can only be a winner for so long, eventually the house will win. As they become more adapt to the luxuries of being high rollers and escaping to a city where you can be whoever you want to be, they loss sight of the dangers and possibilities of loosing it all. Will these kids know when to fold and decide it is time to walk away from the table?

21 had suspense, drama and everything you would expect to see in a Vegas film. That aside, I was disappointed. The movie did not follow suit to the real events, which would have contradicted too many points addressed in the film. I felt I missed out on something not getting the whole tale. Performances were average, borderline blah. Laurence Fishburne had a superb performance as the security for the casino, looking for the next crook. Great views of Las Vegas were offered. Another average film that could have had so much more to offer if the screenplay followed more closely to the actual events. 21 has gone bust.

Review By: Jolene Mendez


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