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Monday, March 24, 2008


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Inspired by the true story, and the book, about 6 MIT students who counted cards in Black Jack, and took Vegas for a million dollars.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira, Jacob Pitts, Laurence Fishburne, Josh Gad, Sam Golzari

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! It's entertaining and educational! Especially if you're looking for a system with which to run the Black Jack tables and get rich quick... Or, more likely, lose your shirt.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: They try for it. All but a few of the jokes felt a little on the nose to me.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: More like frustrate you... which is one of the many emotions worth going to the movies for.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: I'm giving the Best Jonah Hill Impersonation Award to Josh Gad. Rarely has a casting choice so obviously tried to compensate for the actor they wanted but couldn't get. (P.S. this is not inside information, it's merely an educated speculation.)

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Kevin Spacey's role was written with him in mind, and it's obviously a no-brainer for him to work his magic on. Kate Bosworth is a little stiff, and it's hard to feel anything much about her character beyond, "Wow, has she got perfect facial features." And Jim Sturgess is clearly the new Tobey Maguire. You know, almost attractive, in a completely non-threatening dorky guy way.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Really a good time! I love the montages, and the way Robert Luketic smoothly moves back and forth between the bright lights and glamour of Vegas, and the gloomy, snowy, cold of Boston. It's hard to believe it's the same guy who directed Legally Blonde (also a great movie, but with a totally different look.)

Q: How is the story/script?

A: It keeps you entertained the whole way through. There are a few holes in the logic, but not so big that they can't be overlooked, because the story is fascinating in and of itself.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: The real story takes place in the 80s and 90s, and the movie is modern day, so that had me confused for at least the first half. Also, the main character's name is Ben Campbell, but the real guy's name is Jeff Ma, so when they say "inspired by a true story," they really mean, "Inspired."

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