101 Min | Mystery – Thriller | February 2007
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman
The Number 23 Review: The story of the movie is about a happy married man Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey) and his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen) and son Robin (Logan Lerman). One day as a gift his wife presents him with a novel The Number 23. On reading it Walter realizes the similarities the novel has with his life. The novel turns out to be a thriller with a murder mystery. Walter gets engaged into the paranoia of number 23 and tries to find a running parallel in real life to identify the characters and solve the murder mystery. Like a detective Walter traces the murderer and unknown writer of the novel. One clue leads to another, and another – until the end, the real murderer is exposed. Just a clue that the novel is written by someone named Topsy Eret.
The narrative of the movie is a bit puzzling. The movie is good, but not brilliant. It eclipse on the fringe areas of brilliance but falls shorts due to its direction. In the past Joel Schumacher has struggled to make commercially successful movie even with a good storyline on his hand. Here too he flounders. The saving grace of this thriller is one and only – Jim Carrey, who carries the whole burden of this movie on his shoulder, and makes us believe in the magical number 23. After seeing the movie,
The paranoia has been presented here with a mysterious thriller storyline. To some extend the director achieves success to telling us this novel story of number 23. Jim Carrey looks haggard with age, but has played the character brilliantly. Virginia Madsen and Logan Lerman have acted decently but nothing worth historic to mention here. See it if you are a Jim Carrey fan or if you have a fascination for NUMBERS, both ways you will enjoy this movie.