21 2008 PG-13 CC

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Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) and young Hollywood super star Kate Boswoth (Superman Returns) star in this clever & adreniline filled heist film. An MIT math whiz is recruited by a teacher to join a specialized team of card counters. They break away from their mentor before casino security finally catches up with them. Based on book "Bringing Down the House." It co-stars...

Starring:
Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Robert Luketic
Starring Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth
Supporting actors Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Laurence Fishburne, Jack McGee, Josh Gad, Sam Golzari, Helen Carey, Jack Gilpin, Donna Lows, Butch Williams, Ben Campbell, Frank Patton, Steven Richard Vezina, Chaska T. Werner, Kyle Morris, Ernell Manabat
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

The acting was great, and the storyline kept me interested throughout the whole movie.
Jason
If you want a good movie that will keep you going, I strongly recommend you see this both to buy or rent.
Jack A. Lana
He makes people money and for that he isn't going anywhere for a long time, that's for sure.
K. Driscoll

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Zuffa VINE VOICE on April 9, 2008
Ben Campbell (Sturgess) has a problem. He is graduating from MIT and has been accepted to Harvard Med School, but he doesn't have the $300,000 it will cost him to attend. Then, along comes Professor Micky Ross (Spacey). Mickey offers him a place on his "team". This team visits Las Vegas on weekends, and by counting cards makes a lot of money. After initially refusing, Ben is swayed by the need for money and the affections of Jill Taylor (Bosworth), a member of the team. In Vegas, Cole Williams (Fishburne), the head of security of one of the casinos is about to figure out the team's scheme. Ben may be in for more than he bargained for.

"21" is the fictionalized account of college kids who really did beat one of the most sophisticated anti-crime systems in Las Vegas. The story is interesting, even if it has been Hollywoodized. The plot points toward the end are predictable, but the fact that these kids were able to get away with this for so long sustains the interest for the majority of the movie. Kevin Spacey is good as always, radiating intenseness. Sturgess and Bosworth get the job done, while not providing memorable performances. "21" is an interesting, enjoyable film.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on July 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Films about gambling and Las Vegas in particular have always held a certain fascination with the public, culminating with perhaps the ultimate Vegas movie OCEAN'S ELEVEN. But this week we have a release of a film that takes the Vegas movie a whole new direction. Most stunning of all is that it is in part based on a true story.

TWENTY ONE is the story of Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a struggling student at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) who has hopes of attending Harvard Med School. A grade A student with a 4.0 average, Ben is interviewed for a full ride scholarship. All he has to do is present an essay describing a life experience that sets him out above the other several hundred students applying. The problem is he has nearly no life experience.

That all changes when he starts a class taught by Prof. Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey). During the class, Rosa notices Ben's aptitude with numbers and mathematical equations. In turn, he invites him to join a select group of students Rosa has put together. The reason? Using the technique of counting cards, they plan to make a mint in Vegas at the blackjack tables.

At first hesitant to do so, Ben finally comes around and joins the group which consists of Jill Taylor (Kate Bosworth), Choi (Aaron Yoo), Kianna (Liza Lapira) and Fisher (Jacob Pitts). The group learns to not only count cards, they put together a set of signals to let the lead player know which tables are hot and when to move on. When they have it down, they become Vegas bound.

It runs like clockwork. The tables return them all a tidy profit and back to school they go, only to return weekend after weekend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Thompson VINE VOICE on October 14, 2008
Format: DVD
The movie is based on a true story, but the plot is changed so much from the book, it is hardly recognizeable. The movie captures the excitement of the team counting cards in Vegas, but the characters are unbelievable. Kevin Spacey plays a vindictive professor who organizes the team. Spacey does a competent job, but the character's motivations are so over the top that it is unbelievable he's never been caught or he can keep his job as a professor at MIT. Sturgess plays a very smart student trying to make some money because he was accepted into Havard Med. School. The timeline is very confusing. Is the whole story a flashback? However, I thought the essay is what kicked the plot off. The love story is not very convincing or interesting. Also, these Vegas trips were business trips for these students. According to the accounts I read, they did not regularly go to strip clubs. They went on overnight trips. They did not have time to for all the partying in the movie.

The aspects of the movie I liked best was how they showed the signaling and card counting working. The gambling was done well. The scenes of college life were good.

In summary, it is not a horrible movie, but it could have been so much better. The real story is fascinating. The movie only partially generates that excitement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danny Yu TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2011
Format: DVD
Based on a true story, the movie makes the gambling and risky life style very glamorous.

My thoughts:

- settings, props, buildings, scenes are all believable and adds to the realism

- it looks too easy to maintain that lifestyle. Flying from the east coast to Las Vegas every weekend? That's exhausting. I can't imagine how it's possible to keep such composure through the night.

- Kate Bosworth. Goodness, she is charming and beautiful.

Adventurous movie. You'll feel like you're right there by their side while they're winning or losing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madisen on November 10, 2010
Format: DVD
In the movie 21,based on a true story, a college student at MIT wants to become a doctor and attend Harvard Medicial School. The problem is he has the grades but not the finances, until one of his math professors discovers his unique math skills. The professor has created a secert club within the school of some of the most gifted students, where they go to Los Vages each weekend and count cards in the game of blackjack. So he joins to pay for medicial school. He makes more money than he needs, and meets some of his best friends while participating in the club. One night in Vages everything goes wrong and he looses it all.
This movie is the perfect example of not taking what you have for granted, wheather it be friends or money. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Never let your ego get in the way of your future.
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