Heather and I don’t normally go out and see movies in the theater that much. We normally wait a little bit longer and rent the movie when it comes out on DVD. That way we can watch the movie through our sound system on our comfortable couch and cuddled up with our dogs. However, last Friday in the spirit of a good date night, we watched the movie 21.
Without giving too much away, 21 is a drama where a group of brilliant college kids from MIT learn how to beat the casino card game blackjack (also known as 21) by counting cards. The main character is a guy named Ben Campbell (played by Jim Sturgess) who is a genius trying to get into Harvard Law. He is a very Joshua Jackson type character from The Skulls because he doesn’t have much money, needs major help to get into law school, and drives around all movie on a bike. One of his MIT professors (played by Kevin Spacey) recruits him to be on a secret blackjack team that travels to Las Vegas every weekend to beat the system by counting cards. Though counting cards is not illegal, it is not an approved practice and the Vegas casinos have hired an enforcer (played by Laurence Fishburne) to stop people just like them.
I really enjoyed the movie. The characters were extremely likable and compelling. Fishburne plays a good prick. Kevin Spacey is great as usual. We saw the 10:30pm show and it kept my attention and Heather’s attention the entire time so you know the plot was good. Don’t go see this movie expecting to see Ocean’s Eleven because it isn’t as light. The film has a great ending that was not predictable (at least not to me at 12:30am).
21 has a rating of PG13. There is not a lot of bad language which was refreshing.
Overall, I strongly recommend you go watch this movie. It was fun and entertaining.
One topic from this movie that was compelling was that the characters were one person at one place and then another person at another place. It is the idea of living a double life depending where you are at the time. The main characters from the movie were normal college students studying for tests and doing homework during the week. However, over the weekend they were Las Vegas card-sharks staying in hotel suites and living the life of a high roller.
If we were honest, I think we relate to living double lives sometimes. For Christians this often means living one way on Sunday and then a totally different way Monday-Saturday. Following God is way more than a 2-3 hour commitment each week. Jesus told us in Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.“
Are you living multiple lives? If so, God is calling you to come live a fully devoted life 100% dedicated to Him. It’s a much better life then living a double life.