Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  122 min.
Release Date: March 28, 2008
DVD: July 22, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 3.59
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Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts


Columbia Pictures' 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).

Director: Robert Luketic
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Kevin Spacey, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti
Screenplay: Peter Steinfeld, Allan Loeb
Official Site: www.sonypictures.ca/english/movies/21/

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  • 4 stars "I enjoyed this movie and being based on a true story marvel on how the main character got away with it."
  • 5 stars "I love this movie. It has excitement, and it is pretty cool to know this is based off of something that has actually happened..."