Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive... (by the way, that is a quote from Sir Walter Scott, not William Shakespeare)

Our hero, Ben Campbell, played by Jim Sturgess ("The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Across the Universe") is a brilliant student at MIT who desperately needs a scholarship to pay for his VERY expensive medical schooling at Harvard. Problem is, ALL the students at MIT who are competing for the scholarship are brilliant, so...

One of his math professors Kevin Spacey ("Beyond the Sea" and "Shipping News") recognizes his cool, unemotional talent with math and realizes he can be coached to count cards in Las Vegas along with a handful of other carefully selected students. They are played by:
  • Kate Bosworth ("Beyond the Sea" and "Win a Date with Todd Hamilton!")
  • Aaron Yoo ("Rocket Science" and "Disturbia")
  • Liza Lapira ("Cloverfield" and "Domino")
  • Jacob Pitts ("Quid Pro Quo" and "Across the Universe")

Problem is, in Spacey's younger days, he counted cards himself (it isn't illegal, but the casinos WILL throw you out if they catch you!) and made a BIG problem for Laurence Fishburne, who was in charge of security at the time. Obviously, Fishburne still packs a grudge.

No surprises here. Easy money generates greed; too many lies derail friendships; the "good life" corrupts our hero. Need I say more?