Year of Release: 2007
Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Approx. Running Time: 101 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"MIND-BENDING! A MUST-SEE MOVIE."
-Pete Hammond, MAXIM
"A GENUINE, INTELLIGENT, SCARY THRILLER."
-Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's REEL TALK
"TWO THUMBS UP."
-Richard Roeper and Guest Critic George Pennacchio, EBERT AND ROEPER
Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen star in the year's most "mind-bending" (Pete Hammond, MAXIM) psychological thriller directed by Joel Schumacher.
The nightmare begins when Walter Sparrow (Carrey), a mild-mannered dogcatcher, begins reading a tattered, used book called The Number 23. Obsessed by the countless similarites between the degenerate main character and himself, Walter plunges headlong into the same dark, seductive world. When the book's main character commits an unspeakable act, Walter is terrified that he's destined to follow the same twisted path.
This is a rather bizarre film about obsession and paranoia and the self-destructive and potentially homicidal behavior that it can incite in those who are truly mentally unstable.
Jim Carrey (who I'm not always that fond of) is perfect in the role of Walter Sparrow, calling on both his comedic and dramatic abilities to bring this character to believable life. The result is a very entertaining ride and a film I highly recommend.