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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Jim Carrey
Elisabeth Shue
Virginia Madsen
Danny Huston.
Directors
Joel Schumacher.
Screenwriters
Fernley Phillips.
Running Time
98 minutes

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The Number 23
Jim Carrey is haunted by numerological coincidences...or are they?


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Plot
A man (Carrey) becomes obsessed with a book that appears to be based on his life but ends with a murder that has yet to happen in real life.


Review
The Number 23

Two talents aching to be taken A Bit More Seriously — Jim Carrey and director Joel Schumacher — join forces for a nimble, deranged conspiracy thriller. Carrey plays a dog-catcher whose life curls down the existential U-bend when he chances across a paperback — the titular Number 23 — that combines his own memories with a murderous gumshoe yarn.
 
What starts out as Ace Ventura: Hex Detective mutates into a snaking noir with much paranoid numerologising as ‘23’ pops up everywhere. The who-wrote-it revelation folds under scrutiny but it’s fun getting there, Schumacher revisiting the brash stylistic tics of his ’80s hit Flatliners with mucho gusto.


Verdict
Genuinely intriguing in places and romps along at a satisfying pace for a conspiracy thriller.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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Beyond Crap!

Easily the worst film I've watched in a long long time... And Empire gives it 3 stars... Disturbing.. ... More

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Posted by Ozalcin at 15:07, 28 December 2008 | Report This Post


BORING!

BAD ONE! PEDESTRIAN, AND COMPLETELY LACKING IN SCARES AND TENSION.... HOW DID IT GET 3 STARS EMPIRE?! ... More

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Posted by chrisdagnall at 13:37, 20 December 2008 | Report This Post


is this review for real? My girlfriend and I watched this for about half an hour and had to stop. Absolutly abysmal how do movies this bad get made? ... More

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Posted by Drew_231 at 22:29, 25 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Hilariously bad

i hate ending s like 23 and the secret window its such a copout ... More

Posted by skywalkerbhoy at 14:23, 01 July 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Hilariously bad

Carrey's worst by a billion miles. ... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 13:51, 01 July 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Hilariously bad

Just tried to watch this. What a load of crap. It is virtually unwatchable. Terrible performances, terrible dialogue, terrible story. Staggeringly bad filmmaking. ... More

Posted by Wilbert at 00:14, 01 July 2008 | Report This Post


Hilariously bad

Watched this with my girlfriend last night. By the end we were both in hysterics. Especially at the crime-solving Scooby-Doo dog who's been tracking the killer for over 13 years! Schumacher continues to perpetuate the theory that he's only as good as the script he's given. How can someone who directed great films like Phonebooth and Falling Down, also produce tripe like this and Batman & Robin? His Direction is pedestrian at best, never generating a genuine scare. Worst of all are the film-... More

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Posted by hurdlem at 10:44, 10 March 2008 | Report This Post


Pretentious nonsensical crap

Honestly, while I believe in suspension of disbelief, there is nothing even remotely conprehensible in this film's plot. The number 23? Quite possibly the most stupid, ridiculous conspiracy theory ever thought up. Made even worse by the twist ending, which spawns over a dozen plot holes, and enivitably, has NOTHING to do with the number 23 theory AT ALL!! An utterly dreadful film. ... More

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Posted by alsybroth at 17:08, 06 January 2008 | Report This Post


Pretentious nonsensical crap

Honestly, while I believe in suspension of disbelief, there is nothing even remotely conprehensible in this film's plot. The number 23? Quite possibly the most stupid, ridiculous conspiracy theory ever thought up. Made even worse by the twist ending, which spawns over a dozen plot holes, and enivitably, has NOTHING to do with the number 23 theory AT ALL!! An utterly dreadful film. ... More

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Posted by alsybroth at 17:08, 06 January 2008 | Report This Post


OH DEAR. ... More

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Posted by wooz at 14:03, 03 November 2007 | Report This Post


For the 23rd time buy it..

there's something missing from the mix.... the performances are good and so is the story but the atmosphere is too often confused as is jim carrey's character. this may be the intended feeling of the film but I dont think joel schumacher is trying to say what is ultimately said... definately worth a £10 due to the fact the first watch aint as appealing as the the second.. ... More

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Posted by dpacolivet at 15:32, 17 August 2007 | Report This Post


RE: The Number 23

...and it still leaves open the strangeness of  The Number 23! ... More

Posted by Celluloid Seduction at 00:31, 29 April 2007 | Report This Post


RE: The Number 23

(spoiler so watch out)...   On seeing the trailers I really went into this movie expecting something else. But I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.   It's kind of boring at first, but it's supposed to be... setting you up for later...when things start to unravel. Carey's performance is excellent (IMO) and I really think that a lot of people who saw this missed the point completely, or rather didn't understand what they were watching...it's a clever twist, perhaps a le... More

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Posted by Celluloid Seduction at 00:03, 29 April 2007 | Report This Post


The Number 23

The Number 23 Jim Carey has been around a very long time and has the dug the hole for himself known as wacky comedy actor. But for many years now, in between making wacky comedies of course, he has been trying to make a name for himself as a serious actor and has made quite a success of it, with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind being his most respected. With The Number 23 he returns to the same general movie DNA of Mind but with less affect. Carey is given a book called The Number 23 ... More

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Posted by MBBarlow at 22:58, 27 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: THE NUMBER 23

TURD. IT was like I was laying in bed, slowing falling asleep, with a most funderful dream about to happen. Then Joel schumacher barges into my room, squats over my face, and releases a most heinous splat attack right into my eyes. In the film, Jim Carey, a dog catcher, is given a book to read by his wife. As he reads the book, the film cuts to what happens in the book with a jim carey voiceover. All the characters in the book are played by people in Jim Carey's life .... so Jim carey play... More

Posted by ray pye at 15:31, 23 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: THE NUMBER 23

rey gives his worst performance of his career in this dire load of nonsesnse that you can tell is being made up as it gose along. The storyline is a about a family man ( Carrey) who is adimit that a character in a novel is himself. The novel which he is reading is a very unplesant and unintresting story, if this film comes your way then avoid it. ... More

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Posted by mrdoom14 at 11:19, 23 March 2007 | Report This Post


I must say I was surprised by this because I was expecting the biggest pile of crap ever (after all Jim Carey was in it) but I actually really enjoyed this even tho I guessed the twist half way through. It caught your imagination and I actually still have a friend who phones me at every opportunity to tell me of somewhere else she has found the number 23!!!!!!! ... More

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Posted by Suzy at 20:37, 18 March 2007 | Report This Post


2+3+5+6+8+2-3 woo hooo jackpot

I liked this film! It was dark, disturbing and Jim played his character well enough. The son bought into it a bit too easily though for my liking. But who would win in a fight between 23 Jim Vs Cable Guy? 'Come here so that I may brain thee!' beats sums anytime :-p ... More

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Posted by GandalfsHat at 09:03, 16 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: The Number 23

Good 4/5. Jim Carrey proves yet again that there is more to him than over acting and brainless comedy in this very watchable thriller with some surprising twists. There are a few problems like the fact that Sparrow and his wife have been married for only 13 years yet still seem to have a son who must be at least 16 and a major plot flaw which I will let you discover for yourself but I still found this movie gripping and very entertaining. ... More

Posted by Brodie_Bruce at 22:15, 13 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: The Number 23

when i heard the plot of the film, i thought it sounded good and couldnt wait to see it. But i have to agree with the poor reviews iv read. Although i found Jim Carrey's performance good (as usual), i found this film to be pretty average. ... More

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Posted by chrismart83 at 18:04, 11 March 2007 | Report This Post


The Number 23

I usually hate Jim carrey because he's irritating and acts in genrallly shit films. This however is diffrent. Carrey is able to play a cold blooded psycho, The film is clever and very disturbing. I thought it was a great twist at the end but i cant quite escape the feeling that it is something you could imagine. But whilist watching it you dont realise in wich is a good thing. This brutal and on the egge of your seat stuff. Teriffic. ... More

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Posted by solid snake at 17:56, 10 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: number snooze

I watched it last night and thought it was tragic, didn't even like Carrey's performance. Thought the concept was very promising and I'd have had a lot of time for it but overall a very poor film. 3/10 ... More

Posted by Lydia_H at 23:37, 08 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: number snooze

Alot has been made in this film of the fact you have to buy into the whole 'Number 23' conspiricy to enjoy it - i don't think thats true. All you have to do is accept that the lead charachter would buy into it, and Jim Carrey does a really good job of that. In fact, Carrey is really good here.  Apart from him mewing at a dog right at the start, Fun-Jim doesn't rear his head - he even gets to shout and scream without turning into his old self. The real revelation though is his role in the N... More

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Posted by Rhubarb at 19:14, 08 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: number snooze

L: Monkeyshaver s shite. Then again I read it wrong & thought it was the long awaited big screen version of kids telly fave Number 73 with Sandi Toksvig & Neil Buchanan. Really hoped that it would climax with a big budget CG version of the sandwich quiz.ote] Now, that I'd pay to see... ... More

Posted by felix sore foot at 18:10, 07 March 2007 | Report This Post


RE: number snooze

s shite. Then again I read it wrong & thought it was the long awaited big screen version of kids telly fave Number 73 with Sandi Toksvig & Neil Buchanan. Really hoped that it would climax with a big budget CG version of the sandwich quiz. ... More

Posted by Monkeyshaver at 14:52, 07 March 2007 | Report This Post


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