The Number 23

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"First it takes hold of your mind...then it takes hold of your life."
  • R
  • 2007
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.4  (210,336)

The Number 23 is a psychological thriller film from 2007, starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Logan Lerman. It is directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Fernley Phillips. The movie follows the story of a man named Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey), who becomes obsessed with the number 23 after reading a mysterious book with the same title.

Walter Sparrow is a dog catcher who lives happily with his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen) and teenage son Robin (Logan Lerman). One day, while on the job, Walter comes across a book titled "The Number 23", written by one Topsy Kretts. He begins to read it and becomes gradually drawn into the story, which centers around a detective named Fingerling (also played by Carrey), who is investigating a murder case.

The connection between the book's protagonist and Walter becomes increasingly apparent as the story progresses. Both the detective and Walter are been haunted by number 23, as they both receive strange and unsettling messages from it. Walter becomes increasingly preoccupied with the book and the number, and starts to see the number in everything he does. He also identifies several coincidences in his own life that involve the number 23, such as that he and his wife were born on the same day (which adds up to 23), his daughter died on February 3 (2/3), and his final address is 4223.

Walter becomes paranoid and delusional, convinced that he is locked in a dangerous game that he cannot control. In his efforts to unravel the mystery of the book and the number, he discovers that the story has several parallels to his own life, and begins to suspect that he may be reliving the events described in the book. He becomes impossible to live with, spirals into a deep depression, and starts to experience hallucinations, which takes a toll on his job and relationship with his family.

As the movie progresses, Walter's obsession with the book and the number reaches a dangerous climax. He believes that the book is trying to tell him something about his life, and he becomes determined to solve the mystery. The final reveal is a shocking twist that exposes the truth about Walter's past and what is really going on in his life.

The performances of the cast are remarkable. Jim Carrey delivers a powerful and believable portrayal of a man driven to the brink of madness by his obsession with the number 23. Virginia Madsen, as always, is stunning, and Logan Lerman delivers a solid performance. Joel Schumacher does an excellent job of directing, and the writing is top-notch.

The Number 23 is a dark, exciting, and suspenseful film that draws the audience in with its clever and twisty storytelling, as well as the excellent performances of its cast. This mind-bending mystery thriller explores the themes of guilt, obsession, and identity in a way that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. It is a movie that is well worth watching, especially for fans of psychological thrillers.

The Number 23 is a 2007 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    6.4  (210,336)