In Joel Schumachers psychological thriller THE NUMBER 23 Jim Carrey takes on another dramatic role. Carreys character is similar to his roles in THE TRUMAN SHOW and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND he portrays an average man thrust into quite extraordinary situations after a series of strange events cause him to question everything hes ever taken for granted. On his birthday Walter Sparrow is given a mysterious and tattered book called THE NUMBER 23 by his loving wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen). As Walter reads the book he quickly notices its alarming similarities to his own life. Rather than stop reading he continues unknowingly inviting the book to take over his life. The deeper Walter gets into the plot the more he sees himself in its protagonist Fingerling whom we see through highly stylized sequences in which Carrey appears as the seedy detective character. Madsen is also present in these scenes cast as Fingerlings pain-loving girlfriend Fabrizia. As Fingerling and Fabrizias love affair inches towards its fiery conclusion we learn the role the number 23 has played in their story and will play in Walters future if he cannot keep his growing obsession with it at bay. While Carrey and Madsen are adept at playing a man gone mad and a headstrong wife in crisis they are most fascinating as their dark counterparts and Schumacher succeeds in creating a truly intoxicating noirish underworld of sex and death through those sequences.
Release Date: 23 July 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 94 minutes
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English