21

[Screenshot]After reading the book, I kind of had to watch this movie. It is OK in its blandly Hollywood way, I guess. It cuts a lot, and never feels properly intellectual (the characters in Bringing Down the House felt a lot like authentic clever college students; in 21 everyone was trying a bit too hard to be clever). It pushes together a lot of bits which push things over the edge of verisimillitude (the shadowy antagonist in Vegas and the outbreak of violence in Louisiana were both plausible in the book; conflating all of these led to a type which simply doesn’t exist.

The acting was kinda adequate, although I don’t think I’ve ever been in an advanced numerical methods class where everybody sits around stony-faced as a professor explains the Newton-Raphson method, but that’s me nitpicking at the hing here which sounds ridiculous from my specialty. Anyways, the whole thing came across as essentially another summer thriller, which is disappointing: the original story had some life and charm, and this film really didn’t.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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About Jake
I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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