The Number 23 Reviews
Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey), an animal controller, is celebrating his birthday when his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen) buys him a book, The Number 23. As he reads the book, Walter begins to realize that the events in the book resemble his past upbringing and the number 23 starts to haunt him. Every major event in Walter's life (dates, social security number, etc.) add up to the number 23 in one way or another, leading him to search for the author of the book.
The clumsiness of the film starts when the chapters of the book are depicted on the big screen. The same actors are used to depict the events of the book, which only confuses the viewer. Despite the fact that the scenes are poorly directed, using the same actors leads to confusion and stains the film as a whole. The twist at the end of the film would have been better if the final events leading up to it were more realistic. By the time the film enters the final act, "The Number 23" cannot bounce back from the events beforehand.
"The Number 23" is just a terrible film. Jim Carrey tries to shine in the leading role but the wasted script and lack of solid direction smothered any greatness that could have come from it. The fact that the whole movie follows the number 23 does not make sense. It is a first that a movie tries to make the number 23 a horror theme but what it actually does is leave the viewer confused and unengaged.