Tuesday, October 19, 2010

21, Review

Looking for a way to pay for tuition, Ben Campbell finds himself quietly recruited by MIT's most gifted students in a daring plot to break Vegas. With the help of a brilliant statistics proffesor and armed with fake ID's, intelligence and complicated system of counting cards, Ben and his friends succeed in breaking the impenetrable casinos. Now, his challenge is keeping the numbers straight and staying one step ahead of the casinos before it all spirals out of control.

This is an old movie (from 2008). It's based on true events and on a book, which are the main reasons I saw it. I haven't read the book, but I will someday.

The story is telling about a young guy which is genius in maths (the exact opposite than me) and goes to the MIT University. But he has financial problems and he wouldn't be able to afford the tuition for the Harvard Medical School. A proffesor finds out his genius brain and decides to take him on a small group of his. He owns a group of five students which teach them how to count cards. He gets them every weekend on casinos so they can win money. Their little plan works fine until the young guy falls in love with blackjack and becomes greedy as a result a chief security finds them after a big win and decides to bring them down.

The directing part was really good, since you are able to see many casinos in Las Vegas, such as Hard Rock Cafe Casino, Red Rock Casino and Planet Hollywood. About the actors and actresses:
Jim Sturgges was the main character and he did great. His character was the most complex and had more problems than the others.
Kate Bosworth was to different from her role in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton. Not that innocent and much sexier.
Laurence Fishburne had a role suitable for him. He was the chief security and he was harsh and tricky.
Kevin Spacey was the teacher of the students who learned them his secrets, since he used to count cards by himself, but he got caught.

I liked the movie a lot. The actors and actresses were really good. And you didn't even care about the fact that the original people were all Asian-American. As I said the events are true. MIT is close to Las Vegas and the directors took special measures to protect their casinos after that event e.g. now counting cards is illegal.


  1. I just watched this movie and I really liked it! The actors/actresses were great!

  2. I watched this movie last month. I liked it! Thanks for the review!

  3. I love that you love the movie....And you're welcome....

  4. This is one of my top favorite movies ever!
    I just noticed today that you had reviewed it..great choice!
    I have also read the book, but I have to admit I prefer the movie as the storytelling is a bit faster.


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