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A spy doubles down on the MIT Blackjack flick 21 starring Spacey, Fishburne and Bosworth!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I can't play blackjack anymore. I do enjoy gambling (totally small time, of course), but I don't think I've won at Blackjack in 4 years. My casino game of choice now is poker. It's slow, I have a little control over what I do and while the stakes aren't huge, neither is the pressure. I have fun playing it. But I do love blackjack... I just don't win at it. So, yeah. I know of this story, about how 6 MIT students constructed a plot involving card counting to hit up Vegas for all they could. It sounds like it'd make a great movie and from the below review they just might have a great movie ready for us come March '08 when the film is released. This is a very early screening. Keep that in mind while reading. And Johnny B. Rotten doesn't like to capitalize. Keep that in mind, too. heh Enjoy!

i recently had the opportunity to see robert luketic's new film '21' and since i have yet to see anything posted i thought why the hell not right ?! i mean ive been an arm chair quarter back for to long on this site ... its time to get in and play with the big boys and there big toys ! and boy does that sound gay . well i could take it back but that would mean for me to erase and come up with something ... well not better but all the same different . and that just stinks of effort so i will have to stick to it for now . first ive never been accused of being a literary genius so im not goin to apologize for any misspellings or run on sentences or missing quotation marks or capital letters or ... well i think you get the point ! so here goes ... 21 . ive read the book its based on 'bringin down the house' and since have passed it on to friends as a pretty interesting read long before i knew of a movie in the works . so once i did hear word about a film being made i really didnt know what to expect other than that 'hollywood' would probably ultimately royally fuck it up . now when the opportunity comes my way to see one of these 'early' screening for a movie i usually just pass on it because there is always a catch isnt there ?! i mean again the smell of effort ... you have to stop and actually talk to someone then call someone else then wait for them to call you back and then talk to them and then drive somewhere then wait in a line for over an hour and then and only then you might get sent home . besides when youre on your way into seein 'the bourne ultimatum' you really dont want anything slowin ya down . but the title '21' caught my eye and before i know it i was about to get very stinky . i will be short ... well maybe ... either way here we go . the film is directed by robert luketic 'legally blonde and win a date with tad fame' and stars mr fishburne mr spacey and mrs bosworth plus as far as im concerned newcomer jim sturgess . the story of '21' follows sturgess character 'ben' as he becomes mixed up with a group of fellow m i t students counting cards on weekend get-a-ways to sin city . spacey plays a shady teacher at m i t who recruits these kid geniuses to play the game 21 and make him a lot of coin on the side . then comes in morpheus as the old time security guy or the heavy to keep these cheater types from stepping a foot back in vegas ever again ! truth be told this movie did work ... i mean really worked for about 3/4 of the way through . felt like a 'rounder's' type of movie that you could really bring the family to . if that makes sense at all . they changed the format of the book and gave the movie its own life which mr legally blonde and mr loeb 'writer' did an excellent job in letting it breath on it own ... all the characters were interesting and had a reason of being in each scene to tell the story that they were telling . every character except the two asian actors that is ... they seem to be there simple for comic relief and it worked but mostly because the other actors just treated them like they we're just retarded . another couple things that really worked well before hollywood took over was 1; the scenes between ben and his friends that he leaves behind to persue his new high roller life is played really well . the actors the director and the writer do a great job in really being true to the given circumstances and number 2; was the 'love' story . for the first bit of the film ben is infatuated with bosworths jill but she is only interested in him being apart of the 'team' . luketic and the script handle this really well because they'd tease the audience at different points into thinking 'ok here come the romance' but no ! i really liked that and i thought ok they are not goin to play it safe but more 'real' to life . but no ... and it comes in such a shocking way that this was the turning point for me . this is were the hollywood suits got fed up standing on the side lines and charged it ... every thing from then on is something you have seen before . it does need to be said that its handled well in the sense that pretty much everyone in the theater loved the film ... the couple beside me said it was the best movie they have seen in a long time . seeing something for free does greess the weels though doesnt it ?! the ending did tie everything up and you go home happy ... unless you think like i did because i really wanted the film to stay the course . its not bad at all in fact quite the opposite but i was really feeling like we were going to be getting something really original , something special ... better than the book BUT of course life is just a big old mystery isnt it . all the performances were great and i really like fishburne , personally not a huge fan , but i though he was wonderful in this one . spacey well i think i must be the only one in the world who gets tired of his 'im to cool for school' type of acting where hes always smarter than everyone else . its his diliverly thats always bothered ... loved it when pacino finally gives it to him in 'glengarry glen ross' fuckin loved it . in this one i liked him but i guess there may be a reason for that as well . that a part of the story and i dont want ruin it for anyone out there . so dont know how this reads and it might sound more on the negative side but really its not ... just some harsh constructive critisim ! ill tell ya what this film did for me personally ... for now im more interested in mr luketics career and to see what he can pull off as he continues to grow . what im thinking is that he has it in him to make something from start to finish that can border on the comercial market and still ring with originality at the same time . something like a 'tootsie' ... maybe ?! this film is shot and finished so there is no way they can improve on my so called problems that i had ... so i wish it the best . should you spend your hard earned $$$ on '21' ......................................... sure go for it . until then this is johnny B rotten out .

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  • Aug. 12, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by bob oblaw

    i hope..

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    where are the asian characters?

    by boocebooce

    So the movie is based on Ben Mezrich's bestseler "Bringing Down the House," about the true story of a group of M.I.T. students who learned the art of card counting and took Vegas for millions. In real life, they were a group of Asian guys... in Hollywood-life, none of them are Asian guys (except for the two apparently included for comic relief.)

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    4,8,18,27...Dealer Busts!!

    by BetaRayBill07

    Someone please feed Kate a cheeseburger.....PLEASE!!!!

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Are there asians in MIT?

    by dtpena

    -_- kidding..

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    This review was written by a retarded 12 year-old

    by ErnieAnderson

    If you want to be taken seriously, johnny B rotten, you need to learn to write in English.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    That was Plantastic!

    by lost.rules

    Ho Ho Ho! Green Giant!

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    They were filming this like fucking crazy...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...when I was in Boston this past March-April. Many a traffic jam was caused by this flick. It best not suck.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    thanks for ruining 'glengarry glen ross'

    by CQuest


  • Aug. 12, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    This movie sucks for card counters.

    by DarthCorleone

    That's all I need is more attention to my little enterprise and more casinos increasing the house advantage with bullshit rules.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    "mrs bosworth"?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Kate Bosworth's mom is in this movie? :O

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Lex Luthor and Lois Lane steal from 3 casinos!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Or was that the plot to "Ocean's Eleven"?

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I'll wait for...

    by Cheif Brody

    Texas Hold 'Em: The Movie.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I don't like the TV poker shows!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    I never played poker and I never understood the rules much anyway! Why would anyone really wanna watch people playing cards? Even NBC wants a supposed piece of the action: Poker After Dark? Who wants to see people playing poker late at night all week? :(

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Hooked on Phonics will work for you

    by LLCoolJake

    I'm sorry, I thought this article was supposed to be about the movie "21" . . . not "What-johnny-b-rotten-thinks-about-random-stuff"

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    "grees the weels"? "diliverly"? "critisim"?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Sure, don't apologize for those misspellings, johnny B rotten... ;P

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by Frank Black

    He didn't ruin Glengarry GlenRoss with what he said and the movie came out in 1992 and is one of the best movies ever made so if you haven't seen it yet, and I'm not trying to be a jerk here, but you might be the dickhead!

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    If you want to play with the big boys and "there" toys

    by ScienceMan

    Learn how to fucking spell. The occasional spelling/grammar mistake is forgivable, but this review was absolutely unreadable. Those who say spelling doesn't matter are those who will never get a job as a writer. The atrocious mangling of verbage in this review pulls the reader out of it with its constant distractions. This is the promise of the internet - every idiot gets their two cents. I miss the days before the internet - porn was harder to obtain, nobody had 7000 MySpace friends, and reviewers used spellcheck.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    bad review stopped reading

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    needed capitals and punctuation to engage brain but could not do so <p>See what I did there?

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Me Fail English? That's unpossible!

    by BetaRayBill07

    Geez....I are a college graduate.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Hulk say reviewer write like Hulk

    by MrMysteryGuest


  • Aug. 12, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Spacey and Bosworth

    by CherryValance

    what is that, 3 movies now? Anywho for some strange reason I too thought Brian Bosworth for a split second. Very scary. I agree with Johnny about Spacey's "too cool for school" attitude. I like to think of it as smugness. I think the Oscars went to his head but maybe he was always like that. But even with the gold he doesn't have the resume to go with his attitude. </p> As far as this movie is concerned it sounds okay but there have been too many gambling/casino movies for me to be interested.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Screw the asians, the "safe" ethnic group

    by grunyen13

    It figures hollywood would screw this up. Why is it hollywood has to take any successfull comic, TV show, book, or property that people love for what it is, and completely screw it into something that is not the reason people originally liked it? This book had all the characters (i.e. real people) as Asians, either southeast asian or middle-eastern asian. It's actually a significant part of understanding the story in several regards, it's not just an incidental detail. But since asians have become everyones safe ethnicity to stick on their marketing pictures, and they're so meek and quiet, I guess no one will complain. F you right in the ear hollywood. These white liberals that tell us all how to live have no morals. The white actors should have turned down these roles if they had any 'sack.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    those Asian guys

    by Maniaq

    One of them wouldn't happen to be fellow Aussie Leonardo Nam, by any chance? Reprising his role, in a way, from Chris Evans vehicle "The Perfect Score" from a few years back? He was kinda funny in that, except when he turned out to be a genius who just rather smoked lots of pot instead of, you know, "applying himself"...

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 3:44 a.m. CST

    This makes 3 for Spacey and Bosworth

    by ImFixingtoDie

    The Tracy and Hepburn of our age! I especially enjoy BEYOND THE SEA, when they play lovers. Creepy. I hope after kissing him she began recommending him for the villian role in all her films. I look forward to him as an evil Poseidon in BLUE CRUSH 2.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Also, Spacey has GLENGARRY

    by ImFixingtoDie

    Also, Spacey has GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, THE REF, SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, SE7EN, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, LA CONFIDENTIAL, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL, A BUG'S LIFE, THE NEGOTIATOR, and AMERICAN BEAUTY. He's more than got the resume to act however the fuck he wants, even if he's in a major slump.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    A bug's life

    by CherryValance

    You're right. I forgot about his amazing work in that. Come on. No one has the resume to match his ego. I've seen all of those films and The Usual Suspects is one of my all-time favorite movies. So I do know that he can act, but is he as wonderful as he thinks he is? NO.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST

    "white liberals that tell us all how to live"

    by ironburl

    Care to name one? I can't think of any white liberals that tell me how to live, but then I'm in the hospital dying of cancer and can't have medical pot, my gay partner is not allowed to visit me in the hospital, and there are no stem cell therapies ready because the Republican president keeps blocking it, so what do I know.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 12:30 p.m. CST

    grace is gone is supposedly great

    by PVIII

    and didn't 1402 do really well?

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Quint, nevermind poker...

    by sonnyhooper

    ....or blackjack for that matter. if you wanna gamble, and wanna increase your odds of winning, play a real mans game: craps. but whatever you do don't "wrong way bet", because betting with the house is for bitches. play the pass line, go for a "yo" (11) on the come out role, then if you hit a point back up your bet. work the hardways. play the field. know what, i gotta go to the casino, nevermind.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Not MIT

    by pineapple_lady

    They filmed this at Boston University - not MIT, and I know that because I kept walking by their special little celebrity porter potties which were parked in the middle of campus for quite a while. Never actually caught them filming though, and believe me, I tried. Amazing since everyone else I know just HAPPENED to stumble upon them.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Kevin Spacey And His Beard Kate Bosworth!

    by LaserPants

    Hahaha! Totally! Nice one.

  • Aug. 13, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Pineapple, they filmed at both.

    by Lenny Nero

    Ya dig?

  • Aug. 14, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST

    It's A Good Book..

    by skoobyx

    They already dramatized it as the first 'Breaking Vegas' special on History Channel. Or is it Discovery?

  • Aug. 15, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Dear Planty Plant, You R Lame

    by SpyinWaiting

    #1 - Be wary of any review where the reviewer tries to act like the average person, or even comes out and says they are in any way shape or form. #2 - Reviews where they reference other movies usually means they are a plant. Espcially if they do it just because actors/actresses/directors were in other films. Pretty much guaranteed when you see more than one or two additional movie names in there. #3 - Reviews when #1, #2, or both are involved... And the reviewer has nothing bad to say about the film. They usually like saying criticisms that aren't really criticisms at all. Like "My main gripe for this movie is that the lead actress wasn't hot enough. Don't get me wrong she was hot, smoking hot, especially in scene X! But she could have been hotter!" something like that is a bit of a tell. Good luck plants