The Number 23 (2007)
"The truth will find you. "Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise.
Just because you're paranoid....
9/11 2001, 9+11+2+1= 23, JFK was killed on November 22, 1963 2+2=4 and
1+9+6+3=19 and 19+4= 23, Caesar was stabbed 23 times, and so on so
Whether you think it's a coincidence or not it's still pretty cool and
Joel Schumacher's the Number 23 wouldn't have been half as interesting
without his knowledge.
The film follows Walter (Jim Carey) as his life starts to be consumed
paranoia as he claims the number 23 is haunting him. He comes to this
conclusion whilst reading a book, the Number 23 which he draws
parallels with the main character's upbringing and his own childhood.
The only problem being, said main character a detective Fingerling
kills his lovely girlfriend. As everything in the book already mirrors
Walters past, why shouldn't it mirror his future also? Worried that
he'll kill his wife, Walter attempts to track down the author before
it's too late.
Though it's easy to throw insults at Schumacher (Batman and Robin
anyone?) he is good at thrillers being at the helm of Falling Down and
Phone Booth. Here he delivers again. True, the ending may be a little
drawn out and may not be to everyone's taste, however Carey's
performance is once again proof that the rubber faced actor can indeed,
well…act. It's just a shame that with every serious performance by
Carey, critics scrutinise his performance because it isn't comedy. Have
they seen the Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine….people? Carey can act. And
Schumacher can direct, the only problem here is the plot isn't that
strong, with the twist maybe feeling a little anticlimactic. Still it's
an enjoyable film and may have you looking for the number 23 yourself
when you leave the cinema.
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