Movie Review – The Number 23 – Surprisingly Serious

The Number 23

Spiraling into a dark obsession with the number 23, Walter Sparrow twists his once idyllic life into an inferno of psychological torture that could possibly lead to his death as well as the deaths of his loved ones. Spurred on by a mysterious novel, The Number 23, that he doesn’t dare put down, Walter is forced to unlock the secrets of his past before he can continue his future with his wife, Agatha

I went to the cinema last night to catch Wild Hogs, but it was fully booked both last night and for tonight, so no chance there.

The Number 23 with Jim Carrey fitted into the schedule nicely though and there were some decent seats, so 23 it was.

I have never heard of the film, had no idea what it was about, had seen no reviews and went in with no preconceptions, apart from it had Jim Carrey in it…but I actually like his recent movies, and he’s done some great stuff like Truman Show…so I was open.

After getting home I read the movie got pretty much slated by critics and had a pretty low score at both Yahoo! and IMDB…I don’t really understand why.

Perhaps because Carrey was not doing some kind of Pet Detective-Dumb&Dumber-Rubber Faced crap?

I really enjoyed the film, it was spooky, beautifully shot, colour toned, gritty and it really drew you into the story.

Carrey put in a great performance in both roles…as did his wife/girlfriend Virginia Madsen, who has had some pretty bad roles.

Carrey as Fingerling

The movie is pretty weird, probably why I enjoyed it so much as I really love weird stuff.

I definitely suggest watching it if you like the darker side of things and ignore the reviews, they are crap.

It’s well shot, well directed, great acting, good story, good pace and good ending.

I give it a serious 7.6/10…which means 7+6+10 = 23 OMG! (Watch the movie to understand).




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10 Responses to Movie Review – The Number 23 – Surprisingly Serious

  1. Mark April 27, 2007 at 2:19 pm #

    Use GSC E-ticketing! Really convenient when it comes to buying movie tickets.

  2. Chapree Da Grande April 27, 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    Yeah, the reviews gave it low marks and I believe you are among the first one that gave good mark for it. Will consider this movie then. Got to love twisted stuff sometimes 🙂

  3. Dabido (Teflon) April 27, 2007 at 9:14 pm #

    It actually got soem good reviews in Australia. Jim’s a pretty good serious actor.

    I own Man on the Moon [which is basically the Andy Kaufmann story for those who were fans of Kaufmann].
    I thought Carey was excellent in that. So, it doesn’t surprise me that he does well in 23.

    Hmmm, todays date, 27042007 2+7+4+2+7 = 22 DOH! 🙂

  4. Nastasshea@Nesh April 27, 2007 at 11:06 pm #

    Wow i gotta check out the movie then! I’m quite a fan of Jim Carey! I find that he can act well! Eveyrone’s talking about how good this movie is and i’m still behind time!

  5. louiss April 28, 2007 at 5:01 pm #

    Yo man, just pass by to say hi. I haven watch 23 yet, but i watch Wild hogs, damn funny man! I laugh until my stomach ache! I have done a review too. Just visit my blog if you feel free! TaTa

  6. Matthew April 30, 2007 at 11:16 am #

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    Take a look here.

    Think you can work your magic? Thank you in advanced.

  7. lotsofcravings April 30, 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    I heard great things about this..infact the movie came out ages ago back in march in london when i went there for a holiday..although i wouldnt b caught alive paying 5 pounds to watch a movie haah..will try to catch this movie soon..

  8. ShaolinTiger May 4, 2007 at 12:03 pm #

    Mark: I expect it’s not convenient if you don’t have a credit card…which I don’t!

    Chapree Da Grande: Yah not sure why they were banging on it, go watch.

    Dabido (Teflon): Yah he is, a very charismatic character who adapts well in serious roles.

    Nastasshea@ Nesh: Definitely worth a watch, go check it out.

    louiss: Will try and catch Wild Hogs soon!

    Matthew: Your link doesn’t link to anything.

    lotsofcravings: Yeah bloody expensive back home, oh well. Do try and catch it, it’s still playing here.

  9. Freethinker May 7, 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    Luv it !

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