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21 (Twenty One) (2008)

Released on 08 September 2008

Featuring: Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess & Kate Bosworth

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

3.0 out of 5 (75 customer reviews) | Write a review

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21 is the fact based story about six M.I.T students who were trained in the art of card counting. They subsequently took the Vegas casinos for millions! 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. Based on Ben Mezrich's best-selling nonfiction book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions.
  • 21: The Advantage Player featuring the cast of "21"
  • Basic Strategy: A Complete Film Journal
  • Money Plays: A Tour of the Good Life
  • Filmmakers Commentary

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 Ocean's 10

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That's the easiest way to describe this film, only now it's card counting rather than a clever con. It tries to have a twist at the end, but it would have probably worked better as a straight film about maths and cards. The performances are good, but worryingly Spacey is quite hammy in this one. It's better than Ocean's 12, but that's about the nicest thing you can say about this movie.

 Enjoyable, slick and intelligent

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Whilst knowing broadly the story on which this film is based, I hadn't read the book, nor am I a gambling expert. My wife, who watched it with me, has never stepped inside a casino. Despite all this lack of inside knowledge, we were both royally entertained for two hours.

The minimum of profanity, the sharpness of the script, and the lavish production values made this an unusually enjoyable tale. I can live with a bit of "bad guy" violence and the obligatory chase scene as they did add some spice to proceedings.

Jim Sturgess is a competent male lead, carrying the part of Ben Campbell well, part geek, part super - smart con man.Kate Bosworth as love interest Jill Taylor convinces as both equally smart, and drop dead gorgeous. The imperious Kevin Spacey dominates each scene in which he is in.

The film is not without its flaws, the nerdy comedy duo best friends of Ben are formula writing at its most basic, and several roles (Bens mother and the "Loss Prevention" Casino Team) are caricatures. Also, the background music at the start is mystifyingly loud and anonymous with no attempt to contemporise the story with a period soundtrack.

However, the film is well acted, pacey after an inevitably slow scene setting start, and lavish on the eye with some glamorous Las Vegas sets, and some hedonistic living. Accepting it as a story, rather than a documentary is the key to enjoying this film. Critics seem to focus on what it might have been, pleasure comes from enjoying it for what it is.

 Good, but lacking sparkle

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A good movie to add to your collection, but don't expect any extreme thrills and a very compelling story. The inevitable (and predictable) big twist at the end of the film means it ends on a dull note. It's show-y and glamourous, but lacking in any bite. Good performances from some young actors and actresses though and I'd still recommend it to anyone who likes their Ocean's Eleven-style con movies.


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This film is brilliant!!!!! Has a great story and a fantastic twist!!! Would recommend everyone to watch this film

 Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

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What a film, loved every minute of it. It's a film which I think everyone would like, however some parts are slow moving. This film is based on a true story and you can't imagine the buss they must have had. Great buy and would make a fantastic present.

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ActorsKevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Josh Gad, Jack McGee, Spencer Garrett, Sam Golzari & Christopher Michael Holley
DirectorRobert Luketic
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesCzech ; Polish
SubtitlesBulgarian ; Czech ; Danish ; English ; Finnish ; Greek ; Hindi ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Romanian ; Slovak ; Swedish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 58 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.