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Inspired by the true story of MIT students who mastered the art of card counting and took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Looking for a way to pay for tuition, Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) finds himself quietly recruited by MIT's most gifted students in a daring plot to break Vegas. With the help of a brilliant statistics professor (Kevin Spacey) and armed with fake IDs, intelligence and a complicated system of counting cards, Ben and his friends succeed in breaking the impenetrable casinos. Now, his challenge is keeping the numbers straight and staying one step ahead of the casinos before it all spirals out of control.

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An unconvincing exercise in moral complexity, 21 is based on Ben Mezrich's book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) plays brilliant, blue-collar scholar Ben Campbell, whose doubts that he'll win a scholarship to Harvard Medical School compel him to join a secret, M.I.T. gang of math whiz kids. Under the silky but chilling command of a math professor (Kevin Spacey), Jim and the others master card counting, i.e., the statistical analysis of cards dealt in blackjack games. The team lives a humdrum existence during the week, but on weekends in Sin City, the students are rolling in cash, going to exclusive clubs, and feeling on top of the world. (Ben even gets the girl: a comely, fellow counter played by Kate Bosworth.) Despite all that success, Ben feels ethically compromised, and indeed director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde), in the old tradition of American movies, plays it both ways where fun vices are concerned. On the one hand, it feels so good; on the other, ahem, we know it's wrong. That studied ambivalence proves wearing after a while, making the most interesting character in the film a casino watchdog played by Laurence Fishburne. A master at reading the emotions of gamblers beating the house with a scam, he's admirable for being good at his job, but repellent for wrecking the faces of counters in casino dungeons. He's all about moral complexity in the tradition of anti-heroes, and a truly provocative element in an otherwise superficial movie. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts
  • Directors: Robert Luketic
  • Producers: Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWW6O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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Ok, with combined of NOW YOU SEE Me 1,2 and any other gambling movies you can think of, you cannot beat this gorgious film.
I saw this movie a long long time ago with a priate version and now that I bought the bluray, I watched with the marvelous sight and sound.
It was a pure dream to me.
First of all the picture and sound was so perfect that I almost felt like I was in the middle of the most best theater in the world.

The movie is about this MIT student that has no money and yes he is very bright.
He meets this professor who runs this card game team gambling in Las Vegas earning millions of dollars every weekend.
They make a dream team.
The guy need to go to Harvard and needs scholarship and ticket which is a essay that is so unique that it should be so shocking to convince the professors in the Harvard to make him hell yeah you should be in our school all right.

Seeing him so bright Kevin Spacey the professor asks him Jim Sturgess (Edward Norton look actor) to join their dream team.
They hell earn money all right at the beginning.
But at one time, Jim messed it up by not counting the cards. He took risk and loose about 200,000$ in the spot.
Being really pissed, the professor took everything away from him.
The money that he is saving about 300,000$ and the ticket to Harvard and even the position from MIT as a student.
Now he got nothing, I mean nothing.
All he got is the girl he ment at the team which is a dream of his life.
Now what he should do is a revenge and take back his lost soul.
But he has other plans and there was a secret suggestion before.
Sounds interesting?
Watch this movie for chirst sake.
It's a great film that earned around $$82,000,000 only from the Us without any star casting unknown director.
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I had heard a lot of good reviews on this movie, since it seems to be famous for some of the parts in it. I didn't think it was especially riveting or satisfying in any way. I think the producers and writers could have made it a bit more exciting and personal. It didn't connect me to the movie or the characters since the main character was a bit aloof at times and sort of dull. There are some things to learn in the movie about probability and chance, so that made it more entertaining. There were quite a few frustrating moments in the movie as well though. The movie tried to portray these kids as being so smart but then throw in a lot of situations where anyone with common sense would have done it differently.
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