21

21

DVD - 2008
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Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent student at M.I.T. Wanting to transfer to the Harvard School of Medicine, he learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the tuition. Then Ben is introduced into a small but secretive club by his math professor, Micky Rosa. The club has four other students: Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Jimmy; and they are being trained by Mickey in the skill of blackjack card counting. Intriged by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using the skills of code talk and hand signals, Ben makes hundreds of thousands of dollars winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben wants to make only enough money for his tuition and then to back out of the group. Ben's greed and arrogance put Micky, as well as the group, on the radar of a brutal casino security enforcer named Cole Williams. Cole holds a personal grudge against Micky which threatens to undo everything the students have learned and earned.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2008
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Twen

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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

Almost unwatchable. I recommend this movie to morons who play the lottery or think Jesus is coming back, or if you're easily captivated by TV shows. This is proof that just because you have a couple actors who were in good movies (Spacey, Fishburne), doesn't mean this one is good...Rather, it all depends on the writers. In fact, this seems to be just a vehicle to promote the new group of younger actors. The female characters are written as typical hookers, the guys are all cocky dirtbags. I don't even understand the plot: Spacey brings these kids in on his business, then they lose all his money, then they set him up to get killed. Then the movie acts as if they're the good guys. Like I said, made for the typical gambling idiot who thinks counting cards means instant win.

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JOSEPH SARDO
Feb 24, 2016

A very strange and ineffective movie that is somehow watchable due to the subject matter. Delivered two really funny moments that almost made it worth watching.

mrsgail5756 Jun 20, 2012

Very well done movie I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

aaa5756 Jun 20, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

voisjoe1 Jun 15, 2012

This movie is a fictionalized adaptation of a non-fiction book on how a group of MIT students practiced counting at 21 for months and then went to Las Vegas to win millions of dollars before they were discovered and prohibited from playing in Las Vegas. The subject is too complicated to really explain or demonstrate in detail what is going on so the viewer just has to go with the flow.

GManBruce Mar 02, 2012

This is not a bad flick but it could have had less quasi drama, better acting and less predicibility.

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Blaine_the_mono
Feb 13, 2012

A decent story, but I felt the film was too long for the content.

jlazcan Oct 22, 2011

This movie could have been great, but the story was shined up and dumbed down. The movie is good in some parts, but seems contrived in many scenes. Much of this movie is just not believable and the characters seem to act one way for most of the movie and turn on a dime towards the end acting out of character. If you like typical Hollywood fare then you will probably like this movie, but it just did not work well for my taste. I was bored by the end and could care less.

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KatieKnight
Feb 08, 2011

clever

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kaliko
Oct 02, 2010

Interesting formula but doesn't really carry out to be anything memorable. Characters are stereotypical and have no particular virtue or depth, and the main romance is shallow and mostly annoying. The premise of the story is intriguing enough though.

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Mar 19, 2012

Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. Wanting to transfer to the Harvard School of Medicine, he learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the tuition. Ben is introduced into a small but secretive club by his math professor Micky Rosa. The club has four other students: Jill,...
Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey.

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