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Number 23
DVD disk
Aug 8, 2007 By: Sturdy
Number 23 order
Director:
Joel Schumacher

Actors:
Jim Carrey
Virginia Madsen
Logan Lerman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man receives a book on his birthday detailing an obsession with the number 23. While reading it, the man begins to believe that the book is about him, and he too becomes obsessed with the mysterious number.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The best way I can describe the number 23 (the actual number, not the movie) is that its weirdly coincidental. Its a fun thing to play with and see how many occurrences you can find it in history and every day life. However, you can do the same thing with 666, 7 and other words and numbers. In other words, Im familiar with the uniqueness of the number, but its just a fun party trick to me. However, after watching this movie, I now have another unfortunate event I can associate with the number 23.

How someone could become obsessed with the number and drive themselves crazy is beyond me. That leads us to the many problems with this amateurish, poorly thought out film. Were told the number is special and appears throughout history, but some of the jumps the filmmakers made to find the number were absolutely ridiculous. The stretch to find the number 23 in the color pink was such a stretch that it actually made me laugh. I thought for sure the writer realized that, but he actually mentioned it two more times in the film.

So lets say for a second that I accepted the idea someone could become obsessed with a number, the film still had severe problems. We can start with the great Jim Carrey. I really like the guy and hes a great actor. However, seeing him trying to be a tough, stoic detective was just too much. I couldnt buy it and every scene with that storyline faltered and felt very out of place. In fact, I think I laughed harder during this than I have during some of his recent comedies. The overacting bug bit everyone in the film because all of the actors reacted to small events as if they were huge catastrophes.

Finally, my biggest problem with the film was the plot. As in, it had so many holes you could literally make a game out of pointing them out. Most of the holes and problems revolved around Agatha (Virginia Madsen). Supposedly, she didnt know anything in the beginning and then by the end of the film she knew more than anyone else. We never get an explanation for this and the audience is expected to accept it and move on.

Ive only mentioned a few problems, but in the interest of time, Ill go ahead and stop. Lets just say that this film had very little to offer and had no potential from the very beginning. I expect very little from Joel Schumacher, but this was bad, even for him.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Joel Schumacher: I dont like Schumachers films and I think he ruins most of what he touches, but he does a good audio commentary and treats it like a film school lecture. Thats a good thing for those of us that are interested in film. He gives a little behind the scenes information, but for the most part, he sticks to the making of the film.

Deleted/Alternate Scenes (14:29): I liked the alternate ending because it added a little bit of a twist that wasnt there originally. Other than that, the rest of the scenes were pretty worthless. None of them impacted the film at all.

Making of The Number 23 (22:17): This is your typical making-of featurette. The cast shows up to talk about the film. Theres a little more background information on the number 23, but nothing that gives any more legitimacy to the film.

Creating the World of Fingerling (11:08): The film did have its stylistic moments and most of them are covered with this featurette that deals with storyboards and set designs. I enjoyed this one more than the rest and was worth the 10 minutes or so.

The 23 Enigma (25:00): Finally, this is what weve waited for, a real look at the number 23. Its still no reason to obsess, but they do bring up some interesting facts about the number. It features some mathematicians talking about the 23 phenomenon and other oddities associated with it.

How to Find Your Life Path Numbers (11:00): This walks you through how to find your life path number. Its fun. Im a 7.

There are also some Previews and a nice Fact Track
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Theres no reason to watch this film. If youre looking for a thriller, this is going to turn out to be more of a comedy. If you love Jim Carrey and you want to see him again, this is going to disappoint. All in all, leave this one alone.
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