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The Number 23

  • 2006
  • Joel Schumacher
  • 93 mins
  • 15

Summary

Psychological thriller starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen. Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed by a murder mystery novel that echoes events from his past. As the line between fact and fiction begins to blur, Sparrow believes that understanding the secrets of the number 23 is the key to his very survival.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

From Shakespeare's birth date (23 April 1564) to the time taken for blood to circulate throughout the human body (23 seconds), everything in life connects to the number 23. The so-called "23 enigma" has generated a vast body of literature and now forms the basis of this initially intriguing psychological thriller. Jim Carrey stars as dog-catcher Walter Sparrow, who becomes engrossed in a murder mystery novel given to him by his wife (Virginia Madsen), only to find that the disturbing events it depicts mirror his own past. As fiction and reality become increasingly blurred, a paranoid Walter is tormented by the fixation of the central detective character (also played by Carrey) on the prophetic powers of the number 23. The acting is top notch (Madsen also has a dual role), it all looks good - especially the neo-noir visualisations of the book chapters - and director Joel Schumacher neatly disguises the shift-in-reality twist. But visual flair can't disguise the deficiencies of the plot, and as the laughably conventional ending limps into view, The Number 23 just doesn't add up.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter Sparrow / FingerlingJim Carrey
Agatha Sparrow / FabriziaVirginia Madsen
Robin SparrowLogan Lerman
Isaac French / Dr Miles PhoenixDanny Huston
Suicide blonde / Mrs Dobkins / Young Fingerling's motherLynn Collins
Laura TollinsRhona Mitra
SybilMichelle Arthur
Kyle FlinchMark Pellegrino

Crew

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DirectorJoel Schumacher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2007-02-23
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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