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21

I recently saw a really decent gambling movie called “21”. My expectations weren’t too high, but they were far exceeded.

The plot is that an intelligent student joins a school club that trains in cheating Blackjack casino systems. Our “hero” only has small experience in poker playing, but since he has a sharp mind he slowly catches up. The math that the members of the club pull off is really something, and with those skills they are able to win absurd amounts of cash. Naturally, though, this has a dark side to it. Their lifestyle is far from safe and they start to get different sorts of enemies, even among them. Actually they are leading a kind of double life, where school is their scene on the weekdays, while Las Vegas is their destination come the weekend. There they can afford to live in a way far beyond imagination, with enormous hotel suites, expensive clothes, expensive food, huge parties, room service and so on.

Their leader, and teacher, is played by Kevin Spacey who does his part brilliantly, as he always does. That actor really has a wide register, in which he knows how to play warm, ice cold, funny, scary and so on. It took me some time to realize it, but fact of the matter is that he has already played a University magister earlier, in the movie “Life of David Gale”. That is also a really nice film, I reckon.

He has also played against Kate Bosworth earlier, in the movie “Beyond the sea”, which he does again in this piece. She plays one of the students.

Another of the actors are Laurence Fishburne, most famous for his role in the Matrix movies. However, the actor that impressed me the most in this film was Jim Sturgess, who plays the leading role. Previously he has mainly done TV productions, but now he is considered one of the rising stars in Hollywood. I loved how his character completely changed during the course of the movie. He went from a geek with no style to a cocky, modern man with nothing to lose.

I haven’t played a lot of card games myself, though I like poker a lot. Even still, I really liked the scenes in which they play Blackjack. The rules aren’t that hard, yet it is amazing to see what they do when they are cheating. Actually, this is based on a true story, where a group of A-students trained themselves in tricking the system.

All in all, I really recommend it!

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