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Robert Luketic


Jim Sturgess
Kate Bosworth
Kevin Spacey
Laurence Fishburne
Aaron Yoo
Josh Gad





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In the movie "21" a group of extremely intelligent MIT students are recruited by a teacher of black jack and how to win at the biggest casinos in Vegas. The lead character finds himself involved with others that are on path to achieve the same goal - win a lot of money. This is the true story of real black jack players.

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Cavernstones 09/13/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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If you liked Rounders, you will like 21. OH, wait. except you've seen Rounders, and that's basically what this is, except it's blackjack and not poker, the characters are mostly one dimensional and oh boy how is he going to get out of this pickle. So very cliche'f opening. The love interest relationship is forced. It's fairly well acted, given the script. Just, there's nothing amazing about it, nothing that makes it "jump off the page" (eh :) see what I did there?)

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Ryan Stephen M 06/03/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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21 is a movie that I enjoyed alot. I love poker, and by extension find cards interesting so the film already had my interest. Add to that a great cast that includes Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey that is well acted, and has a good pace. A winning movie.

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Rod 05/06/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A group of MIT students are being trained by a professor to count cards, go to Vegas, and bring home money. When Ben Campbell is absorbed to the group, he plays the game, lives luxuriously in Vegas, and saves money for his Medical School fee. *** I liked it! Very good concept, good execution. Though we knew where the film is heading us, still, the twist worked out well without most of us prepared of it. BUT, am I the only one who felt like the movie was too long, I mean, when I was watching it, though interested of how it will end, it kinda tested my patient, like "ok, how many hours left?" Just that. But yeah, but definitely not bad for a good and smart watch.

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01/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"21" by Yojimbo

A group of brilliant mathematics students go to Vegas to make big money counting cards. 21 is a bit like Ferris Bueller's Day Off crossed with Ocean's Eleven. It's an interesting story based on true life events and it did make me wonder how the casinos get away with treating people like this; they come up with a way to fleece the public out of their money at will, but if anyone knows how to play and win (without cheating I may add) they get the crap kicked out of them and thrown out...basically anyone can play as long as they lose. Well, I'm sold...The biggest problem with 21 is the fact that no-one involved were very likable; they're just a bunch of selfish, smart assed kids led by Kevin Spacey on autopilot playing cards and counting. Not the most exciting combination. It was nice to see...

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08/07/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

What happens in Vegas....

It is not often that Hollywood manages to produce an action packed film that doesn't rely on excessive use of computer graphics but with 21 they have done just that. The truth based story of Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a talented MIT student who dreams of completing medical school at Harvard. Unfortunately for Ben he just doesn't have the money to pay the enormous fees and so when the opportunity arises to go to Vegas and earn thousands of dollars as part of a fail proof scheme, it seems like the perfect option.
He joins a card counting group headed by Math teacher, Micky (a wonderful Kevin Spacey) who master the skill of playing Vegas for big bucks. Everything seems to be going well for Ben and his dream of a Harvard education seems close when everything falls around him. Within a few ...

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06/18/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Really (3x) Liked It!

I saw this film for two reasons: I love movies that have something do to with cards and Jim Sturgess. Counting cards is an interesting idea and I must say that I was really into it when the wheels started spinning. The best scenes were when the characters played and the audiences hoping that everything would go right (of course something eventually goes wrong). Who hasn't dreamed about being the system in those Las Vegas casinos? Jim Sturgess impressed me in "Across the Universe" even though that film wasn't very good. So, I wanted to see him in a decent movie and how he would carry his character. This film is more than I was hoping for because I found myself relating with the character. I, too, plan on going to medical school and money is definitely an issue. This picture made me want to...

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