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With Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Jack McGee

Written by Peter Steinfeld & Allan Loeb (based on Ben Mezrich’s book "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions")
Directed by Robert Luketic

While I have zero gambling bones in my body, for some reason I enjoy these kinds of movies, from The Sting, Casino, and even Rounders, but I'm not a huge fan of the Las Vegas TV show. 21 is based on the novel about a real group of university students who devised a counting system to beat the Blackjack tables (with a bit of added drama, action and sexiness to spice up the basic premise). An unscrupulous professor recruits bright students, teaching them his (almost) failsafe method of teamwork and card counting, drawing them into a double life at the learning institution during the week, but bursting out as high rolling gamblers on fast weekends in casino cities. But casinos are in the business of making money, not losing it, and they spare no expense to single out those who leave with too much. While electronic surveillance is taking over, one particular old-school security man (soon to be obsolete) picks up their scent.
Quite entertaining with some very blatant lessons built into the tale.
Extras: Filmmakers commentary, several featurettes which includes Blackjack lessons and a virtual Blackjack Blu-ray game.

4 / C
- Paul Blom

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- A - B - C

- 6 - Volcanic
- 5 - Blistering
- 4 - Hot
- 3 - Smolder
- 2 - Room Temp.
- 1 - Fizzled
- 0 - Extinguished

- A: Multi-Viewing Potential

- B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

- C: Once Should Suffice

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