The Number 23

2007

Action / Crime / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

166
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 8%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 180269

Synopsis


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Cast

Jim Carrey as Walter Sparrow / Fingerling
Lynn Collins as Suicide Blonde / Mrs. Dobkins / Young Fingerling's Mother
Rhona Mitra as Laura Tollins
Logan Lerman as Robin Sparrow
720p.BLU
498.22 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 4 / 102

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by falkar 6 / 10

Watchable, not Wonderful

There has been a great deal of critical scorn directed at 'The Number 23', which almost made me rethink my decision to see it, despite finding the concept very enticing, being impressed by the promotional materials, and generally liking Joel Schumacher as a director (yes, Batman and Robin was awful, but he's directing some very good films like The Client, Phone Booth and The Lost Boys) And after seeing the finished product, I find myself asking why the knives are out for the film. Now, I'm not saying this is a brilliant film, because it isn't. It's rather easy to guess the plot twists, the script does tend to patronise the viewer and the final segment of the film casually abandons the central premise in favour of a more generic 'mystery' storyline. But I found quite a few things to like about the movie, such as strong performances from Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, very stylish direction and (for most of the movie)a genuine undercurrent of tension as the events unfold. It's not going to be remembered as a highlight on the careers of anyone involved, but if you enjoyed conspiracy theory novels such as The Da Vinci Code or shows like the X-Files, you are more likely to see past the critics and enjoy this film.

Final Score 6 (which is 2x3)/10

Reviewed by Filipe Neto 6 / 10

The ending ruined the movie.

We know that the so-called "conspiracy theories" have become popular. To their fans, there is virtually no detail of our everyday life that isn't likely to be associated with any weird conspiracy. In this case, the film associates this idea with numerical obsessions and the search for patterns and relations between totally distinct occurrences. The concept explores the surreal, and is quite original, in that it's uncommon in thrillers (at least, I don't remember any thriller with this recipe before).

The screenplay tells how Walter, a perfectly ordinary man, begins to feel threatened and chased by a number after reading a disturbing book. He seeks, and finds, these number attached to different facts and situations, and we begin to question ourselves about his sanity. The film starts well: the initial credits, graphically elegant, were an original way of introducing the theme to the audience and giving it some credibility. I also liked the way Walter is introduced, and how the film emphasized his normality. He's just a guy just like any other, with values and integrity, trying to get his life, who ends up getting caught up in an obsessive whirlwind. His transformation is evident and, at that moment, we're already attached to him because we gain some sympathy for Walter, and our curiosity is fed by every discovery.

However, certain things become too predictable... for example, it's clear from the outset that Fingerling will be a negative alter-ego of Walter. Predictability should have been avoided and corrected, but it's still a minor problem... the biggest problem is the end, which leaves the guiding line too long and ends up having a disappointing and anticlimactic result. A more built and less conventional ending would have made this movie exceptional. At that point, it was a missed opportunity.

I have nothing to say about Joel Schumacher's direction. He's far from being a very good director but has succeeded here. On the other hand, I have a lot to talk about Jim Carrey. I am increasingly convinced that this actor has been underestimated. He became popular thanks to comedies and got very attached to them in our head, so we were surprised when we realized that he can also be a great dramatic actor. But let's be honest: it wasn't his first dramatic film, on the contrary. He seems to be making an effort to show us versatility, and it's up to us to realize that. He was very good here, made a solid and well made work... and I believe I realized, I can see better the potential of this actor. Harder to swallow were the sex scenes. In fact, I felt that, sometimes, they were left in the film. But it's alright. Virginia Madsen also did a good job here, as a dedicated wife and companion or a fiery Italian, with somewhat nymphomaniac outlines (the two actors played two characters, ego and alter ego).

Technically, the film has some brilliant moments. Cinematography begins with warm tones but suffers a violent concussion with Fingerling, carrying itself of cold tones, light-dark, emptiness and shades. From then on, as the obsession progresses, everything becomes colder. I also noticed some excellent camera shots, including the intelligent use of reflexes.

This movie is one of those that can get us mad... it had everything to be very good. An original idea, excellent actors, an able director and good production values. The script started well and was convincingly developed... but when they should have put the cherry on the top, everything collapsed like a house of cards. Frustrating.

Reviewed by Andariel Halo 1 / 10

"Topsy Kretts"

The pseudonym of the in-movie book is "Topsy Kretts", and no one says or reacts in any way to this until near the end when walter finally figures out it's a fake name as in "top secrets" I feel like I shouldn't have to say anything else to insinuate how bad this movie is, but IMDb doesn't allow reviews this short.

The numerology conspiracy involving the number "23" is one which briefly frightened me as a child and one possibly ripe for some manner of fun thrills. Instead, all the numerology fixation focuses instead on a specific storyline with the author of the book writing a story about murder and romance with some guy named "Fingerling" that Walter finds eerily reminiscent of himself in some conspiratorial way and he starts having nightmares about it or something.

skipping past all that it's revealed he himself was the writer of the book, killed his girlfriend at the time, then tried to kill himself but ended up with plot-specific amnesia before taking on a new persona while in the hospital and marrying his nurse. he then turns himself in for the old murder and goes to prison

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