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21 (2008)

21

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

March 28, 2008

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Studio

Columbia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Robert Luketic

Producer

Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

Screenwriter

Peter Steinfeld, Allan Loeb

Starring

Story


Columbia Pictures' high stakes action adventure "21" is inspired by the true story of the very brightest young minds in the country -- and how they took Vegas for millions.

Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) is a shy, brilliant M.I.T. student who -- needing to pay school tuition -- finds the answers in the cards. He is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students that heads to Vegas every weekend armed with fake identities and the know-how to turn the odds at blackjack in their favor. With unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) leading the way, they've cracked the code. By counting cards and employing an intricate system of signals, the team can beat the casinos big time. Seduced by the money, the Vegas lifestyle, and by his smart and sexy teammate, Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), Ben begins to push the limits. Though counting cards isn't illegal, the stakes are high, and the challenge becomes not only keeping the numbers straight, but staying one step ahead of the casinos' menacing enforcer: Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne).

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..provides enough thrills, laughs and smiles to pass the time in an enjoyable fashion..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
“..it lacks a lot of substance..”
by Garrett Conti [Pittsburgh Tribune Review]
“..a big cheat of a movie..”
by Rick Groen [Globe and Mail]