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Inspired by a true story, 21 mixes Las Vegas casino wheeling and dealing with college-kid angst. Kevin Spacey is crafty MIT professor Micky Rosa, who trains gifted students to count cards and then flies them out to Vegas to raid the blackjack tables between classes. At first they rake in a bundle, but then catch the unwanted attention of tough-guy security chief, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne) who wants to prove himself before he's replaced by face recognition software. Maths genius Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) originally joins the ring in order to come up with the $300,000 he needs for tuition money, but he's also smitten with the ring's resident babe, Jill (Kate Bosworth). When he finds out Professor Rosa hasn't been dealing entirely from a straight deck, Ben's high-end shopping spree dreams turn sour (though card counting is not illegal) and the battle of wits is on, no second chances given. Spacey is in his preternaturally calm, morally compromised element, stealing scenes left and right; Fishburne brings the hangdog depth; and director Robert Luketic (LEGALLY BLONDE) succeeds in making the film glossy, stylish and thrilling. 21 is based on the bestseller BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE by Ben Mezrich.

M.I.T. student Ben Campbell decides to pay for his pricey education by beating the odds in Vegas. Ben and his team count cards in blackjack, but soon they have to answer to the house for their huge winnings.

Review:

The OCEAN'S ELEVEN: THE COLLEGE YEARS makes for a breezy good time

28 July 2008
Empire

Actor(s):
Jim Sturgess Laurence Fishburne Kate Bosworth Kevin Spacey
Format:
Blu-Ray

Description

Inspired by a true story, 21 mixes Las Vegas casino wheeling and dealing with college-kid angst. Kevin Spacey is crafty MIT professor Micky Rosa, who trains gifted students to count cards and then flies them out to Vegas to raid the blackjack tables between classes. At first they rake in a bundle, but then catch the unwanted attention of tough-guy security chief, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne) who wants to prove himself before he's replaced by face recognition software. Maths genius Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) originally joins the ring in order to come up with the $300,000 he needs for tuition money, but he's also smitten with the ring's resident babe, Jill (Kate Bosworth). When he finds out Professor Rosa hasn't been dealing entirely from a straight deck, Ben's high-end shopping spree dreams turn sour (though card counting is not illegal) and the battle of wits is on, no second chances given. Spacey is in his preternaturally calm, morally compromised element, stealing scenes left and right; Fishburne brings the hangdog depth; and director Robert Luketic (LEGALLY BLONDE) succeeds in making the film glossy, stylish and thrilling. 21 is based on the bestseller BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE by Ben Mezrich.

M.I.T. student Ben Campbell decides to pay for his pricey education by beating the odds in Vegas. Ben and his team count cards in blackjack, but soon they have to answer to the house for their huge winnings.

Review:

The OCEAN'S ELEVEN: THE COLLEGE YEARS makes for a breezy good time

28 July 2008
Empire

Product details

Rating:
12
Subtitles:
Arabic;Bulgarian;Croatian;Czech;Danish;Dutch;English;Estonian;Finnish;Greek;Hebrew;Hindi;Hungarian;I
Duration (sec):
7380
Director:
Robert Luketic
Special Features:
21 Virtual Blackjack game
The Advantage Player featurette
Basic Strategy: A Complete Film Journal featurette
Money Plays: A Tour of the Good Life featurette
Filmmakers Commentary
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region B

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