Number 23 (2007)
The Number 23
as Joel Schumacher is helming the project, one shouldn't be overly
expectant when it comes to the ingenuity. And even if this is a film
that explicitly (or is it implicitly?) mostly concerns numbers, it
definitely isn't out to revolutionise mathematics. Jim Carrey stars as
an amiable father and husband who, after coming across a book about the
number 23, finds himself increasingly fascinated, and ultimately
obsessed, with the concept that every answer in this world boils down to
23. Additionally, he finds his life a parallel to that of the
protagonist in the book, something that fuels his interest to track down
the book's obscure writer.
is believable in the lead, looking great in Schumacher's parallel
visualization, which in turn is elegant in crisp, contrastive colours.
The film takes itself seriously, initially overly so, when it seems to
be of the opinion that it might me more clever than it is. The film has
its fair share of stupid, banal elements. However, as we approach the
conclusive part, Schumacher shows patience and deftness in summing up
and balancing his film. The script by Fernley Phillips won't blow you
off your seat, but it also isn't cheating on you, and towards the end it
gets increasingly more psychologically interesting, making The Number
23 a fair and sometimes both enjoyable and interesting thriller.