If you’re fascinated by the history of gambling and are looking for a slightly out-of-the-way movie that might have missed you by until this point, then look no further than The Last Casino – a 2004 drama, not without its comedic moments, that delves deep into the world of gambling and Blackjack in particular.
This Pierre Gill movie is a predecessor of the more renowned film ’21’ (2008). Both the films have an almost identical storyline.Necessary background knowledge regarding the movie is the history of the MIT Blackjack Team. This is a true story of how a group of mathematically savvy students from MIT as well as other prominent universities studied card counting techniques and transformed themselves into gambling prodigies.
A University teacher finds three bright students and decides to teach them how to count cards to make lots of money. As they learn how to play the casinos, things get tricky when the debt owing teacher informs them that their front man wants restitution for loses in about a weeks time. The three students decide to hit all the major casinos in Ontario and Quebec until discovered.
Overall, this is a movie well worth your time if, as mentioned, you are interested in the theme of gambling. Surprisingly, few films capture the dramatic flair of gambling, and in particular Blackjack – and The Last Casino is a welcome departure from the more general pattern of movies that feature gambling chiefly focusing elsewhere. Here, the Blackjack is very much front and center – really drawing you into the excitement. Having enjoyed this movie, you’ll likely even be moved to research card counting yourself, look around for local casinos or perhaps even look for websites where you can play Blackjack games online.