It actually ends up with a chase scene and characters running through the kitchen, for God's sake. Background music was noisy and rather nondescript for my taste. Unfortunately for US players though, because IGT do not allow US residents to play their games online for real money right now, they sometimes block fun-play mode too - not just on my site but on every website. I am usually let down by movies that are based on books, but that was not the case this time. So I saw it this weekend and I have to say that I was a little disappointed, I think this movie was more for the teenagers, with the actors and the rating, I think it should've been more adult. Being a slots and video poker enthusiast, the Spin Poker games - along with "Cleopatra II" and more recently, "Raging Rhino" - have grabbed most of my money, so when I got home I decided it would be fun to set up a website featuring free play versions of popular slots that cross the divide between the casinos of Las Vegas and online casinos.
Also supposedly the group says they have to stay on the down low in Vegas so they don't get caught, yet they go around Vegas buying all these new clothes, clubbing, drinking, etc. Slick camera work and some good performances rev up the technical quality of this fact-based story about a 21 year old MIT student named Ben Campbell Jim Sturgess who, along with his brainy Ivy League chums, travels to Vegas to win tons of money at the blackjack tables.
Their sleazy math professor, Micky Rosa Kevin Spacey , leads the group. Rosa has devised an elaborate and conspiratorial card counting scheme that consists of code words and hand gestures.
With all that preparation, the group's scheme does work And in the process, the shy, cautious Ben, who only wants the money for tuition costs, morphs into his alter ego, a person quite unlike his original self.
The film's pace starts off leisurely, then alternates between fast-paced Vegas casino action and periods of downtime wherein Ben and his girlfriend, fellow conspirator Jill Kate Bosworth , talk shop and take in the high life. The story does have a villain, but it may not be who you think it is. The script's dialogue is snappy and hip, and contains minimal tech jargon. And "winner winner, chicken dinner" is the group's lingo for gambling success.
Production design is realistic and lavish; this is a big budget film. Color cinematography, by DP Russell Carpenter, is polished and slick. There are lots of elaborate camera dissolves and close-ups. The best parts of the film are the close-ups of the characters at the blackjack tables. Film editing coincides with plot pacing, and ranges from slow to super fast.
Acting is all-around good. Kevin Spacey gives his usual topnotch acting job; Sturgess and Bosworth also give fine performances. It's not a perfect film. Background music was noisy and rather nondescript for my taste. And I could have wished for more card playing, and less time spent on Ben's college buddies in the first Act; the result is that the film gets off to a slow start. Thematically relevant in today's world of greed and materialism, "21" is a terrific film, one that has greater import than other films, because the events in "21" really happened.
And the fine performances and polished visuals enhance the overall look and feel, to create a film that is both engaging and entertaining. This movie was based on a true story, and if the makers had stuck closer to the true story it could have been a much better movie.
But no, they had to Hollywoodize it and dumb it down so that anyone with the least knowledge of the game of blackjack and how casinos operate will be saying "No way" to themselves all through the movie.
It actually ends up with a chase scene and characters running through the kitchen, for God's sake. In the movie, the team's actions were childishly crude even to the point of continually returning to the same casino In the movie they hit the same table for tens of thousands of dollars, which would have set off alarms all over Nevada. Even the hand signals the team used in the movie were childishly obvious. All this by the supposedly brilliant MIT students and professor.
The movie actually had the bad casino guys torturing card counters when they caught them. I was awestruck by the sheer size of the casinos and the vibrant atmosphere that just carries you along until you hit exhaustion point or speaking more as a slots player! So I decided to fill the gap by puttig up free versions of some of my favorite Vegas slots.
IGT's famous Cleopatra slot , the popular Pharaoh's Fortune and Davinci Diamonds were the first slots I added to the site and allthough you can't win real money, the online versions come with a better RTP than their land-based counterparts. The popularity of these free slot games grew far quicker than I expected. They now attract 's of visitors every day so I have since expanded the choice to include some of the newer games available to play online.
Below are the links to all of the free slots I've added: If you aren't sure where to start then here are a few of my own favorite slots: Some of my favorite Vegas-style slots that you can play online here at OCV include one of several Elvis slots , the very popular land-based Wolf Run slot and both versions of IGT's mega-popular Cleopatra.
And I shouldn't forget arguably the most popular franchise of all time is IGT's Wheel of Fortune slots which are apparently still the most popular games out there according to a study.
Besides those IGT games, I have also put up a selection of other slots from dedicated online casino software providers like Microgaming and Playtech, some of which easily rival the slot machines you see in Vegas casinos and there are even a few WMS slot machines lurking on the site now. Unfortunately for US players though, because IGT do not allow US residents to play their games online for real money right now, they sometimes block fun-play mode too - not just on my site but on every website.
This includes games like the Diamond Queen slot and Cats but the good news is that the Cleopatra slots and Pharaohs Fortune can still be played for fun by everyone , right here on Online Casinos Vegas! Regarding slot games that are exclusive to online casinos, check out the incredibly popular Thunderstruck slot and one of the best-looking movie slots ever developed, Playtech's movie-themed Gladiator slot.
On that topic, you might also like to check out the Playtech's The Mummy slot which has lots of randomly-activated features.