The Number 23 Review
Country : USA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
A mysterious book sets Jim Carrey upon a journey of self-awakening which just may hold the key to his own inevitable mortality in this new thriller directed by Joel Schumacher....
Directed by Joel Schumacher. Written by Fernley Phillips. Starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen and Logan Lerman.
Everybody get ready for a new round of Ace Ventura:
Death Detective! Well not, really... but about halfway
through The Number 23, I wished I was watching Ace
The Number 23 has an interesting premise. Jim Carrey
gets this book called "The Number 23" that is about a
guy who lets the number control his life. As he reads
the book, he starts picking out minor details and
comparing things to his own life, and of course,
everything adds up to 23. As he reads the book, the
more he reads, the more he thinks that the book is
about him. Slowly but surely, he starts going totally
insane, taking all those around him straight to hell.
Carrey pulls off that he is paranoid, says he is
hearing and seeing things, will not go to work, and
has a great desire to read the book. As he slips
deeper and deeper into his personal abyss, the strain
on his marriage increases. He must somehow figure out
what is going on, and stop whatever it is to save
himself and his marriage.
Superficially, The Number 23 resembles Stir of Echoes
and The Sixth Sense in the sense that yes, we have
seen this story before and I was expecting SO much
more. Going in thinking this was actually a horror
film, I guess I was more let down that it is actually
more of a psychological thriller.
There really is nothing new about this movie. Though
you aren't told where the movie is going, about midway
through the movie, you can guess everything that is
going to happen.
Joel Schumacher does manage to keep the suspense at a
decent level, so interest is rarely lost. Carrey does
okay, but over acts way to much. He makes all of
Walter Sparrow's strange behavior seem totally out of
the ordinary, and Virginia Madsen does well as the
mystified wife trying to keep her marriage together.
The special effects are really annoying, with CG
camera angles left and right. To me, this is NOT
really filmmaking people. Anyone can program a
computer to get the perfect shot....so let's try to be
a little more creative.
All together a major let down for me, but if I
actually went in expecting nothing, then I might have
liked it a little more. I may give it another shot on
DVD, but I suggest you just wait for that disc
yourself. It would serve better for a couch session
on a Saturday afternoon.
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com