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21 (2008)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  28 March 2008 (USA)
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"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

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Ben Campbell is a young, highly intelligent, student at M.I.T. in Boston who strives to succeed. Wanting a scholarship to transfer to Harvard School of Medicine with the desire to become a doctor, Ben learns that he cannot afford the $300,000 for the four to five years of schooling as he comes from a poor, working-class background. But one evening, Ben is introduced by his unorthodox math professor Micky Rosa into a small but secretive club of five. Students Jill, Choi, Kianna, and Fisher, who are being trained by Professor Rosa of the skill of card counting at blackjack. Intrigued by the desire to make money, Ben joins his new friends on secret weekend trips to Las Vegas where, using their skills of code talk and hand signals, they have Ben make hundreds of thousands of dollars in winning blackjack at casino after casino. Ben only wants to make enough money for the tuition to Harvard and then back out. But as fellow card counter, Jill Taylor, predicts, Ben becomes corrupted by greed ... Written by matt-282

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They proved the Vegas Blackjack System was beatable...by beating the hell out of it. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,649,855 (UK) (11 April 2008)

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£5,430,673 (UK) (16 May 2008)
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The "2.0.9" robotics competition shown in the movie is based on the actual "6.270" programming competition at M.I.T. See more »

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When Ben is riding his bike on the bridge, a young guy with a lady are passing in the back stage. After this, when a yellow stripped bus passed behind Ben, that young guy and lady disappeared (it seems, they jumped into water) then another lady in white jacket appears who was absent before in the back stage. See more »

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Micky Rosa: [Referring to Ben] I think he's gonna be ready for our little trial run tomorrow.
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Referenced in Big Brother: Episode #9.18 (2008) See more »

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Written by Junkie XL (as Tom Holkenborg), Nicole Morier and Gus Seyffert
Performed by Junkie XL featuring Electrocute
Courtesy of Artwerk Music, LLC
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Svae yourself some anguish, watch "The Last Casino" instead.
31 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Yes, 21 has elements of the wonderful book "Bringing Down the House", but the core of what this bastardized film is was taken from a Canadian film by the name of The Last Casino (2005, Maple Films, Starring Charles Martin Smith, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Albert Chung and Jullian Richings.) In The Last Casino, Professor Barnes is a broken down gambler with a serious debt to be paid. To buy himself more time he trains a group of math students to count cards and earn money for him and ends up biting off more than he can chew and his team can handle. That's about the only major difference between the two films other than big name actors in 21 and the characters in both films. Personally, save yourself the long agonizing trip, go to BlockBuster (Or go online.) and rent The Last Casino. You'll get almost the exact same movie, with better acting, a better presentation from a film made with less money by a better company at likely less than the cost of a theater ticket.

Even Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne aren't enough of a saving grace to make 21 a decent watch to me and many of my film loving compatriots. Call me biased if you want, since I'm Canadian, but I speak the truth.. and you can take that to the bank.


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