The Number 23


Action / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 8%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 178413


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September 26, 2011 at 08:06 PM


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
498.22 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 10 / 99

Movie Reviews

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

Reviewed by areatw 2 / 10

By far the worst of Jim Carrey's movies

I'm a big fan of Jim Carrey and am normally happy to watch any film of his. This one being the only exception. 'The Number 23' is the first Jim Carrey film that I have watched and hated. It is centered around a conspiracy theory that, in itself, is just plain ridiculous. I couldn't take any of it seriously.

Aside from the stupid plot, 'The Number 23' is also a tediously dull movie. It moves at a snail's pace at the best of times, in fact most of the time it does no moving at all. It's repetitive and goes nowhere. Less than half an hour in and I already couldn't wait for it to finish. Carrey himself doesn't do much wrong, but he doesn't exactly shine either. How can he with such dreadful material?

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