Movie Review -21  

Posted by Wanie Idayu

U, 122 mins
Genre: Action, Drama
Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Rober Luketic

What's It About

The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions to tell the true-life tale of six genius students who used their brains to beat considerable odds. Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) is a shy but genius M.I.T. student, who needs to pay for his entry to Harvard Medical School. Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), his professor discovers his brilliant mind, decided to recruit him to join his team of extremely gifted students who have used their mastery of numbers to beat the odds at blackjack, who heads to Vegas every weekends armed with disguises and fake identities.

What I Like

The notion that we can actually "cheat the system" is really intoxicating, and what makes me look forward to their visit to Vegas again and again. And the suspense on whether they will get caught.

What I Don't Like

That Micky (Spacey) mentors his proteges on the joys of self-indulgence, but an show a sudden abrupt switch in his demeanor which is shallow and unconvincing. And we never do learn why it is that with the foolproof system Micky's been employing for decades, he's still toiling in the classroom rather than sipping boat drinks in the Bahamas.

Plus, Kate Bosworth as Jill Taylor is little more than window-dressing here, while Sturgess is merely adequate as the naive young genius seduced by corrupt influences.

Final Verdict:

In the beginning it is really exciting but the plot slows down and got a bit boring in the middle. But all in all, this is an entertaining movie. I don't regret watching it. Watch it if you like playing with figures, blackjack and gambling, or "dream" of "richness". Odds are you'll enjoy yourself

I'm giving it

***Be Smart. Save & Earn From Your Prepaid Reload***

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