Thursday, August 21, 2008

Movie: 21

A friend recently told me that 21 was so slow and boring, he almost turned it off half-way through. So, while I had it from my online rental store, I waited almost 2 weeks to sit down and watch it. It turns out that he was wrong. No, not the most fast-paced movie I have ever seen, but certainly nothing like he explained it.

The first thing about this movie that caught my eye was that the lead character was played by Jim Sturgess, who I loved in Across the Universe. How would he pull off the non-singing, American-accented Ben? In addition, the movie was based on a book, which was based on real events (some of which have now been shown to have been fabricated).

21 is the story of a group of MIT students who find a successful method of card-counting and take their theories to Las Vegas, where they rake in loads of money. Needless to say, the repeated huge winnings catch the casino owners' notice, which leads to some pretty large bumps in the road.

All-in-all it was an entertaining films. It was a little slow-paced, but not any slower than most based-on-true-events movies. Jim Sturgess was likable as the main character, even if his American accent didn't stick too well. Also amusing was Aaron Yoo, playing a character that is the polar opposite of his character in Rocket Science. Also stars Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth.

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