Tuesday, April 1, 2008

21 Review

I'm frustrated because this is just another example of studios taking a perfectly interesting true story and giving it the "Hollywood treatment" and turning the story into a cliche mess. Problems abound here: chief among them might be a brutal screenplay. Also up there are the completely unrestrained performances of Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey who both resort to the worst, most scenery chewing, places in their acting repertoire. I didn't realize Lex Luthor works at MIT and Morpheus is a casino pit boss. It does manage to capture the 'cool' of Vegas nicely, but the real most effective aspect of the film is the strong performance from Jim Sturgess in the lead. Sturgess, who was quite good as well in last year's flawed Across the Universe, does his best to work through some brutal lines and, I think, actually manages to bring something to a heavily cliched character. It's enjoyable enough, just nothing special.

Overall Score: 5/10

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