A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
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
The real life inspiration behind the character Ben Campbell as a Planet Hollywood blackjack dealer, referred to by Ben Campbell as 'my brother from another mother'. See more »
In the shot of Ben counting cards on the first arrival in Vegas, Ben's tray-table is down. If the plane is as close to arriving as the view from the window shows, tray-tables must be in the "up and locked" position. See more »
There should have been a movie made about the fabled MIT blackjack team Strategic Investments. Unfortunately, it shouldn't have been this one. "21" takes the basic premise of the true story and throws virtually everything else out. Now, I don't have a problem with a bit of poetic justice; real life sometimes doesn't translate handily to drama. But this movie didn't add anything interesting. The script is amateurish and the dialog clunky. The acting was third rate; even the great Kevin Spacey and Lawrence Fishburne couldn't manage to rise above the material. I believe there was supposed to be some sort of relationship between Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth but I yawned my way through it, so I guess I missed it. This is truly the worst movie I've seen in a long time. I don't recommend taking a gamble on this loser.
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