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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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2/4 

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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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3/4 

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05/27/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Heist gone Flat

Somehow I did not feel anybody ever won anything after the screen turned black and the credits roll. The fast paced scenery of Vegas is definitely tempting to anyone who wants to change their life overnight. But I was a bit lost when they finally put the heist in motion and I really did not understand what's going on. Well if they are really trying to make us viewers believed that the system they devised to beat the blackjack tables really works then wouldn't it be nice if we understand how to do it to. What was shown instead were just a lot of gibberish mumbling and chips pilling up, it was like hitting the fast-forward button in the remote literally. I would have wanted to see the whole process in slow motion to make me appreciate the concept of ingenuity this group of hustlers has form...

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2/4 

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03/25/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Enjoyable Vegas Flick

21 is a great movie. It looks dumb, and I don't know why people are dissing it. It has two hot veterans, Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne. Kate Bosworth's character is supposed to be smart and she doesn't fool me for an instant. But she is also supposed to be sexy and she works for the part, even though I haven't been crazy about her in years past. It is also her third movie with Spacey and I'm beginning to suspect something creepy is going on between them.

Anyway, Jim Sturgess is the star of the movie. He is not a household name yet, but his career seems to be at the same point James McAvoy's was when he starred in the Last King of Scotland. Expect him to be extremely hot this time next year. His intermittent Boston accent didn't bother me as much as his Seth Rogen look alike frie...

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3/4 

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