The Number 23 (2009) Movie Review

The Number 23 (2009)

2009 Horror, Thriller, Action

User Score: 76/100


A seemingly normal teenager takes a book out of the library titled "The Number 24". As he begins to read the book...

Jim Carrey as a schizophrenic murderer isn’t convincing, in this melodramatic film about a man obsessed by the Number 23. Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever, St. Elmo’s Fire) has unintentionally managed to make a comedy of horrors that really is quite humorous in parts. Walter Sparrow (Carrey) becomes engrossed in a homespun novel about Detective Fingerling, whose life degrades into mayhem because of his obsession with 23’s esoteric numerical puzzles. Sparrow’s preoccupation with the book follows his botched attempt to catch a nasty dog that bites him, leading one to believe that Sparrow’s contraction of rabies might be the cause for his mental degradation. As the story progresses, Sparrow retreats further into Fingerling’s world, rife with suicidal sexpots and hardboiled detective sleuthing. His wife, Agatha (Virginia Madsen), also plays Fingerling’s girlfriend, sex-crazed Fabrizia, who taunts Fingerling until he stabs her. Back in reality, Walter aims to solve the unresolved crimes in the book, taking it as a murderer’s diary rather than as an imagined work. The story is half-baked, though Carrey’s portrayal of a mentally disturbed person is what makes The Number 23 comedic. Long, contemplative stares, and over-dramatized acting renders Sparrow a clich├ęd character, rather than one odd enough to engage viewers. For a better version of almost the exact plot but with a terrorist’s twist, see Thr3e instead. —Trinie Dalton

About The Number 23 (2009)

Title: The Number 23
Year: 2009
Starring: Vincent Fong, Chris Bargis, Adrian Tse, Amir Khalifa, Utsav Gandhi, Tom Abbasi, Ryan Ng, Daniel Shulkin, Austin Ip, Siamak Shahmohammadi, Varouj Tanielian, Richard Gonzo, Nick Bargis
Director: Daniel Shulkin
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.8/5 stars from 21 users. Votes: 21.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action

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