21 is the new movie about Blackjack. The movie is based on the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich and is a real story about MIT students who used the card counting technique to win millions at Blackjack tables all across. The movie 21 tells this story and has a star-studded cast.
The leading role went to actor Jim Sturgess, who is from England and also starred in the movie The Other Boleyn Girl which also came out this year. The fans and the press were a little worried about the casting because in the original Blackjack story and the original MIT students were mainly Asian males. Jim plays Ben Campbell who needs tuition money and thus turns to count cards in order to earn money. Ben Campbell was based on Jeff Ma, the original member of the MIT Blackjack Team who was Asian.
Other noteworthy actors and actresses in the Blackjack movie 21 are Kate Bosworth, who plays a member of the Blackjack team, Kevin Spacey, who plays the math professor and founder of the MIT Blackjack team, and Laurence Fishburne, who plays a security agent that turns out to be tracking down the team. Produced by Columbia Pictures, the film promises action and drama.
The 21 Blackjack movie team was not allowed to shoot in the original place of events which was the s Institute of Technology since they would not allow any tapings, so instead, the crew shot at the Christian Science Center and the Harvard Medical School which are both located in Boston. There were also other shots that were filmed at Boston University.
The Blackjack movie 21 was produced with a budget of $75 million and directed by the famous Robert Luketic who also directed the hit movie Legally Blonde. Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey both produced the film and the screenplay was written by Peter Steinfeld, Allan Loeb, and Ben Mezrich himself.
The MIT Blackjack team takes one step further each time they enter a casino; they start to have higher stakes and submerge into the world of counting cards. Although counting cards is not illegal, the surveillance and the stakes are high once the casinos know that you are a card counter. The Blackjack movie 21 promises excitement, drama, and an interesting dip into the world of high-rolling card-counting Massachusetts Institute of Technology students.