Inspired by the exciting real-life story of MIT math whizzes and card counters who decided to outsmart Vegas, 21 is, by contrast, an uninspired, by-the-book thriller thats so predictable not even the actors seem surprised by what happens. One imagines the filmmakers, including director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde), simply cut and paste non-fiction source material from Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions into a Screenwriting 101 computer program and ran with the result: a stolid morality play about a good guy who goes bad before remembering hes a good guy. Theres a seductive hot chick to spice things up, but the only winners here are the house - meaning Columbia Pictures (123 min.).
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