21 Brad Kreft'S REVIEW

Stylish and Enjoyable

It is a very entertaining film which delves into a world that most of us can only dream about: the high stakes environment of card counting in the game of blackjack. But although it features an impressive cast who all well-and-truly step up to the task, the film tends to fall back a couple of times onto cheap gags which would be more at home in a Rob Schneider flick, which seriously dents the style of it overall. Token slapstick like falling down stairs while perving at hot girls should never have made the final cut, it really is way too basic for this film. Possibly this is director Luketic’s hand carrying over from his breezy previous comedies Legally Blonde and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. Apart from these cheaper moments, the film plays out smoothly and stylishly, moving easily from the Boston university environment to the bright lights of Vegas where the action takes place.

Jim Sturgess is going places and 21 is a solid step in the right direction. He holds his own alongside the likes of Spacey and Fishburne, guys who are far more experienced and established than him. Spacey - as always - is cool, calm and collected while Bosworth’s role is limited to say the least.

I would be lying if I said this was an amazing film, but I wouldn’t hesitate to stand up for 21 if it were badmouthed. Aside from one or two moments which broke from its slick, smart style, 21 is definitely a thrilling ride and worthy of its fair share of praise.