based on the book Bringing Down the House.
It's all about card counting -- a skill
gamblers use to increase their chances playing card games.
In the mid 1990s, six students at MIT join
an undercover blackjack team run by a mathematics professor.
The team heads for Vegas on the weekends,
where they rake in millions in cash and live the life of luxury.
Hollywood added a scam twist in this not-so-true
story, plus a love story romance, making for a much more interesting
and entertaining film.
It did hold my attention throughout.
Loosely based on a fact, this retelling
of a group of MIT students who count cards in order to win millions
is predictable, cliched, and uninteresting.
Don't be dazzled by the neon lights; it
plays more like a heist film than the "true story"
it is supposed to be based on.
Entertaining, but only if you have low
The best-selling book called Bringing
Down the House is the source material for the movie 21.
I liked the first hour of the film that
relates to events that actually happened, which revolves around
a group of college students who devised a card-counting scheme
that allowed them to strip many Las Vegas casinos of some of
I didn't like the fictionalized part of
the story; it became complicated in ways that are hard to believe
and didn't make much common sense, in my view.