DVD Review: 21

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Hi all…

Thought I’d catch up on a couple of DVDs I’ve seen recently. The first was 21, starring Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, and Kate Bosworth.

The movie is based on a true story about six MIT students who became card counting Blackjack experts and took Las Vegas by storm, winning millions in the process. Jim Surgess played Ben Campbell, a MIT student struggling to find the money to get into Harvard Med. And Kate Bosworth played Jill Taylor, another MIT student (of what was never clear). Kevin Spacey played the ring leader Professor Micky Rosa, who taught the card counting scheme and recruited the students.

From the get-go, this was interesting, but seemed to drag. It took us a couple of nights to get through watching 20 minutes to an hour each time. The movie itself was 123 minutes long, but seemed a lot longer in spots.

[rating:2.5]

The story, though the characters and situations are different, is pretty basic stuff. Student gets seduced by the dark side, encounters an immovable object, and sacrifices the teacher to escape the situation.

One thing the movie did was show me that I can teach some basic math to my 2nd grader by playing Blackjack. 🙂

But beyond that, it was just ok. Didn’t really suck me in much. It proved that Kate Bosworth was still cute (I think I last saw her as Lois Lane in Superman Returns, where she looked way too young for the role – at least she sort of fits the role of student age-wise). And it proved that Jim Sturgess can act in different ways (I really liked him as Jude in Across the Universe).

So I can only give this 2.5/4. It just didn’t keep me engaged for some reason.

What did you guys think?

–Fitz

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