21 blackjack movie made the MIT team famous all over again.
Released in 2008, 21 blackjack movie is a drama movie from Columbia Pictures. The movie had been directed by Robert Luketic and starred Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Jim Sturgees and Jacob Pitts. The movie had been based on the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich which was inspired by the true story of the MIT team.
In the movie, Ben Campbell, the lead character who studies in MIT is struggling with his finances and even though he is quite a bright student he cannot afford the cost of studying at Harvard. During a math class he catches the attention of his math professor, Micky Rosa by solving a difficult and complicated problem.
The professor invites him to join the blackjack team that he had been managing. The method used by the players was card counting and the team consisted of spotters and the big players, as it was in real life for the team. The professor takes the team to Las Vegas on weekends to play at the casinos and Ben Campbell soon starts enjoying the luxurious lifestyle and the big money that the team wins.
He becomes one of the most important members of the team and soon personality clashes within the team leads to a former important player being kicked out. However, the weekend trips to Vegas soon take their toll and casino security in charge Cole William starts to closely monitor the team due to suspicions.
Is it Worth to Watch?
Through the movie there are various nail biting moments and sudden twists and turns that keeps the movie interesting for the watchers. Though several scenes in the movie and the events have been exaggerated to make the movie more interesting for the viewers, the story line remains essentially the same and is based on the lifestyle led by the members of the team.
In the opening weekend, 21 blackjack movie made a whopping $24,105,943 from theaters in Canada and United States. It has been featured in 2648 theaters and had been at the top position at the box office. It was also the number one movie in the second weekend. During the third weekend it dropped down to the third position; however, it continued to make money.
During its run in the theater the movie made $81,159,365 from Canada and US and a total of $157,802,470 world wide against a budget of only $35 million.