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Plot: 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. Runtime: 101 mins Release Date: 23 Feb 2007
WOW! OMG! This is an awesome movie! (by ajaws4ever)
I just saw a sneak peek of this movie at the mall yesterday and I couldn't believe it. I thought this would be an awesome movie since the first time I saw the trailer, but I was wrong. The Number 23 was not an awesome movie...IT WAS UTTERLY FANTASTIC! And it was scary, too. The plot line is very well thought out and unsettling, and the characters are very complex in their own ways.The Number 23 is about an animal control officer named Walter Sparrow, that receives a birthday gift from his wife, Agatha Sparrow. The birthday gift is a book that's called, 'The Number 23'. But the <more>
first word he reads from the book changes his once placid existence into a whirlpool of psychological torture and mayhem that could possibly lead him to his own death and the deaths of his loved ones. 'The Number 23' book Walter receives is a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror Walter's life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of the book's main character, a brooding detective named Fingerling also played by Jim Carrey , is filled with moments that copy Walter's own history. And as the world of the book starts to come alive, Walter becomes infected by the most frightening part of it: Fingerling's dark obsession with the number 23. This obsession permeates the book, and soon the book begins to control Walter in dark ways. He soon starts to see the number everywhere in his own life and becomes haunted by the fact that he is damned to commit the same horrific crime as Fingerling--murder. Now Walter is on a dangerous quest to understand the mysteries of the book. If he can unlock the dark power of the number 23, he may just be able to change his future.Anyway, this movie is awesome. The use of colors: reds, browns, and blacks really set the hazy and unsettling tone of the movie. Also, the Fingerling sequences were really hazy and dark and they make you seem as though you're floating in the depths of hell.Joel Schumacher, the director, finally did something original, and this is a movie that is way better than his badly directed, 'Batman and Robin'. He finally made an improvement. And this is his 23rd project...just wanted to say.Virginia Madsen Agatha Sparrow, Fabrizia got better than her parts in Firewall and Candyman. Her acting in Firewall was better than in Candyman, and her acting in The Number 23 was better than both movies.Everyone else was quite good, too.Oh, and, the opening credits were unbelievably unforgettable! The music is so unsettling and creative. The opening credits for 'The Number 23' is the brother of the opening credits of 'Se7en'. Absolutely awesome!All in all, a really creepy and unsettling and funny, for the first half of the movie that gives you the chills after you walk out of the theater.Official MPAA rating: R: Violence, Disturbing Images, Sexuality, and Language My MPAA rating: R: Violence, Disturbing Images, Sexuality, and Some Strong Language My Canadian rating: 14A: Violence, Mature Theme, Sexually Suggestive Scenes
Very excellent film, despite the reviews (by blackholepcs)
This movie was very well done. The acting was tight though there are a few scenes that fall somewhat flat, as with any movie , the script was well written, and it is pretty spooky. This movie has great atmosphere, and Jim Carrey DOES show that he can be a GOOD serious/dramatic/non-slapstick actor.I've never been a big fan of Virginia Madsen, but she plays her part pretty well, and is overall a credit to the film. Logan Lerman, who was excellent in Butterfly Effect, does a very good job in The Number 23, and is well on his way to becoming a big ticket actor.I for one don't trust <more>
newspaper/television/magazine reviews of movies, because they tend to laud and tout and advertise and worship crap films with little or no story, horrible acting/directing/editing, and movies that are just plain boring as hell, even if the acting is good. They also despise/hate/put-down/trash movies that break molds on what they think an actor/director/producer SHOULD do. I think they only reason this movie is getting bad reviews is that the so-called reviewers are getting a case of diaper rash over Jim Carrey doing a non-Pet-Detecive-Almighty-Dumber-Liar movie.If you like movies that have a plot, a storyline, good effects, great acting, excellent atmosphere, superb editing, great directing, great sound, and that is not full of itself or boring to the point of making Bridges of Madison County look like Die Hard, then go see this movie. Otherwise go stare at wet paint until it dries.
I watched this on release night and I have to say that it was awesome. The acting is great, the camera shots are great, and the story is great. I also loved the film noir style shots.I feel that a majority of people posting negative comments about this movie mostly before it was even out are simply haters.If you feel disappointed because this has Jim Carrey in it and it's not a comedy please do not be. Jim Carrey is an excellent actor and displays the dramatical emotion side of him very well in this movie, see also "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". But, of course, there <more>
is humor in the less dramatic parts of the movie.I definitely recommend seeing this movie.
Carrey shines through, The Number 23 is a winner (by theLPgoonie)
Isn't it funny that most of the people how had a problem with this movie and rated it badly can't explain why? And it's not just this movie, it's every bad review, everywhere. I just can't understand that. The only thing I see is people saying the ending was terrible, but not even explaining why they thought so. Weird...So before you go and get all disappointed over the bad reviews, and ignore all of the 'OMG B3$T M0V!E EVAR!'s, here is the level-headed review you were looking for.The bottom line is this, it was an all around good movie. It accomplished exactly <more>
what it set out to do, be an entertaining thriller. You will read all of these people talk about how it was so predictable and terrible, and yeah, if you are an avid movie goer, you will probably pick apart most of it like I did. But for the average movie goer? You'll love it.Jim Carrey proves once again that he can pull off a serious role, just like he has before Eternal Sunshine, Truman Show , and he really is the focus of the film. His performance makes this film possible, without it, blah. Virginia Madsen also does a great job as Carrey's wife, loving, protective, the whole sha-bang. There is also great chemistry throughout the film between Carrey, Madsen, and their 'son', Logan Lerman. This film successfully uses the entire family through the movie to a degree few movies can imitate.And also, despite what others might say, you can feel a connection to Carrey's character, who becomes obsessed with the number 23. I doubt a number has ruined most of our lives, but there have been times everyone has been through were some weird coincidence seems to keep occurring, so Carrey's flight rings true.When the film turns into a good murder mystery, you really get your dollars worth. Because this movie was meant to entertain. It was meant to be a popcorn flick. Not the 'Movie of the Year', and as such, it excels. Even the end of the film, when the great question is revealed, it is nice to see it all played out in front of you, and you can really start to see Carrey's inner struggle.Some of the lines are way cheesy, and the acting by some of the supporting roles are passable at best. And there are times when Joel Schumacher reminds you of what kind of director he really is Batman & Robin, D.C. Cab , but amazing cinematography and Carrey's performance, as well as the intriguing story/concept, pushes you past all of that.Bottom Line: It is worth seeing on the silver screen, and unless you are way overly critical about things having to be the exact way you want them, you shouldn't be disappointed.Because we all know that on the ride home, no matter what, you'll be adding up your phone number, or analyzing your birthday, to see if you are cursed as well.I was born on the 23rd! Oh Noes!
I thought this movie was pretty damn good. I mean...it kept my attention and it was kind of psychologically thrilling. I think most people didn't like it because 1 they don't think Jim Carrey can play a serious role. In my opinion, he did very well. 2 Some people don't want to believe that this movie is in some part truth. The number 23 is EVERYWHERE no matter how you look at it. Some people think its just silly and there was no reason for the subject to even be brought up. 3 People are just stupid and don't have anything better to do with their lives but complain. But <more>
seriously, give the movie some credit. It had good actors, pretty good acting, it was racy, thrilling, and it had its comical moments. Instead of being so strict, laugh at life a bit. The movie was far from horrible. Definitely a rentable and definitely a great night at the movies. My birthday: 3/21/88 Time of birth: 3:21 AM The license plate on the guy's car who cut us off right after we saw the movie: KJ2319GH
I just got out of the theatre from seeing the Number 23. This was not the movie for those who don't want to pay attention or have their minds screwed with. Although not a Memento quality mind-bend, the Number 23 well pick you up, toss you around, and set you down gently on your head. This film has several very well done noir-style almost flashback shots when you see, you will understand . Number 23 kept me asking and questioning and trying to see 23 in every shot up till the last line, and then just when I though I had it figured, it threw one last curve. As a life-long Jim Carrey fan, <more>
I have to admit I love seeing him play serious. He grabs you on the first shot and doesn't let you go until the credits stop. A big mistake is to think he is going to make you laugh every time you see him. Get past that, and you will see the amazing acting talent that Jim has. It is worth the money to see Number 23.
A well written thought provoking story (by Overactor)
I went into this movie with the notion that I would be seeing another version of the Magestic. I was completely blown away. The visuals are stunning and once you get past Joel's use of the blurred past, you are captivated by his use of colors and imagery. The acting is also good, Carrey has his witty one liners which will please fans. I was captivated and fooled which means to me that there was good acting and writing.I give this movie an 8/10 due to the questions left by the twists. When you see it you will realize what I am talking about but other than that I do recommend this movie to <more>
anyone who loves psychological thrillers with twist endings.P.s. don't see this because you like Jim Carrey...see it because you like the material.
The trouble with many actors that do only a particular type of film, is that once they go outside of their box, it's just too weird. This is true to Jim Carrey. We've become so accustomed to his comedy flicks that this throws us off guard. I kept waiting for him to crack jokes, but they never came. This is a true drama/thriller that keeps you guessing until the end.Carrey plays a man who starts reading a book that more and more sound like it was written just for him. Then strange occurrences of the number 23 keep popping up and the story gets weirder and weirder. But trust me, stick <more>
with it--the twist is a jaw dropper.I have to say it was a bit odd to see Carrey in the sex scenes-- I kept waiting for him to jump up and say "ssssssmokin!!!" I thought overall it was a great movie.
A hugely interesting concept, well executed, with some dubious twists (by baz_trinity)
The Number 23 is a fascinating story about the obsessions individuals have with the number 23 and indeed how the number can ruin those individuals lives. A unique concept that I believe was very well executed, Jim Carrey plays a fantastic role, unusual to a lot of his others and he pulled it off excellently. It's very intriguing, fast-paced and has fantastic direction and camera work and is visually brilliant.But unfortunately, there are quite a few flaws, mainly the twists. Obviously, at risk of spoiling the movie, I won't mention them, but the fact is, there's something <more>
disappointing on how the events unfold. Indeed there are a few surprises in store and it is no doubt thought-provoking, but the ending seems cluttered. Not so much 'predictable' as I've read in another review, but badly executed.All in all though, it's a really great movie with plenty of original ideas and interesting concepts to make it memorable. 8 out of 10.