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The Number 23 [Blu-ray] (2009)

Jim Carrey , Virginia Madsen , Joel Schumacher  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston, Rhona Mitra
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Fernley Phillips
  • Producers: Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Keith Goldberg
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
I feel I must correct a bunch of bad talk about this movie. First off, you have no clue as to how it is going to end, and is possibly the best movie ever created to keep your mind in question to the very last minute before it slaps you.

People have talked badly about the scenes where "Jim" is acting as a detective, but it is supposed to be portrayed in how a regular guy would see things happening, if he were imagining himself as the character in a book he were reading. It has the feel of a comic book to some degree, because it is portrayed in an artistic sense and not a literal, serious acting sense.

The story is one of the most brilliant I have ever witnessed, and all the acting was as it should be. Me and everyone I questioned agreed that Jim plays a more convincing "Mentally Insane" person than Johnny Depp even came close to in "Secret Window". Very surprising how well Jim Carrery did, in fact. If you like something that will really make you think, or enjoy a little bit of a challenge, and have an imagination, then this movie will be one of the best you will ever lay eyes on. A very artistic mind set in the making of this film.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute September 2, 2007
Though I'd read reviews before seeing the movie, I decided to see Number 23 for myself. I like Jim Carrey more in serious roles and this one did not dissapoint. Though a bit predictable, I loved every freaking minute, especially the viginettes of Carrey's Walter character imaginaging himself as Det. Fingerling. A brilliant performance of a man coming unhinged by memories which may or may not be his own--and a wife who may or may not be a murderer. All in all, very clever and enjoyable.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.2 Stars February 27, 2007
When I saw the preview for NUMBER 23, I thought it was going to be a great film. The concept of the number 23 being part of some global conspiracy is a great idea for a mystery thriller. Also, Jim Carrey has done a great job of choosing roles that display the full range of his acting talents, not just ones that show his comic prowess and I was looking forward to seeing him in a mystery thriller film. But instead of a mystery thriller, I saw a hacked up film that barely qualifies as a mystery, has no thrills, and very little suspense.

Carrey portrays Walter Sparrow, and older man married to a younger woman named Agatha (Virginia Madsen) who works in a bakery. Walter works as an animal control specialist. Apparently Walter's job isn't all that exciting, but it is something he enjoys doing. At the end of the work day on his birthday, he gets bitten by a stray dog. He chases the dog until he looses him in a cemetery. The incident causes Walter to be late meeting his wife for dinner, which leads her to browsing a used bookstore, where she finds a self-published book about the number 23 that she buys for Walter as a gift. Apparently Walter was so late that Agatha was able to read the entire book while waiting for him. Walter must be a slow reader because it takes him over a week before he finishes it at the end of which time he finds himself going slightly insane, seeing the number 23 everywhere he goes and having dreams about murdering his wife. All reading and no play seems to make Walter a dull boy. Is Walter really going insane? Or is the book actually part of a larger story that Walter has become involved in? Dum, dum, dum, dum, DUM! (Look what I did, onomatopoeia and foreshadowing combined!).

I was really disappointed by NUMBER 23.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad... December 31, 2007
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H o r r i b l e
8 15 18 18 9 2 12 5

8 + 15 = 23.

(18 * 18) + (9 * 2) / 12 - 5 = 23.5. If you round down that would be 23. It all adds up (pun intended). 23 is horrible. By the way, I know this is an annoying and pretentious way to start a review, but this review is about an annoying and pretentious movie, so I couldn't help myself.

Boring, predictable and abysmal are all words that spring to mind when I try to come up with a way to sum the plot up. This movie leans on pretty much every "thriller" cliché in the book (no pun intended). The whole time I was watching it I felt like it was a direct assault on my intelligence.

The character development was stunted, and there wasn't a single character in the movie that seemed believable to me. Their dialogue seems mechanical and by the end of the movie there wasn't a single character I was rooting for. In the "key scenes", or scenes where the characters were in peril, I just found myself not really caring what happened. I think the acting was actually pretty good at times, but it wasn't enough to breathe life into the characters in the story.

The pace of the movie was slow. Painfully slow. To give you an example, if 23 a good book, everything that happens in the movie would probably happen in the span of about one chapter. They had no plot or secrets to unravel, so it was pretty much like the movie rambled along with no point until it hit the end where it was like "by the way, this is what happened". And the only surprise in store for me at the end of the movie was how painfully obvious and uncreative the ending was.

Anyway, I love thrillers, and I love the horror genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but what I had to watch it on wasn't very great
This movie was great!!! My husband told me he wanted me to watch it, we both had to wake up early, he fell asleep and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaimie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fav movie
I've always enjoyed this film and I had a hard time finding it elsewhere. It was just as good as I remembered!
Published 1 month ago by Chelsea Ronish
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carry in a serious role! Great A+ movie
Jim Carry starring in a movie that isnt a comedy???? The votes are in great movie. Great plot twist, one of my new favorite Jim Carry movies. Worth watching twice!
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey can be serious too!
Jim Carrey can play any part. I recommend this movie to anyone 17 and above who enjoy psychological thrillers. Intense!
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
Did not see it coming. The twists were just right and the way i liked them and the ending was great
Published 1 month ago by Gregory A. Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
A bizarre story of guilt and obsession. This is a very dark movie. And yet I was drawn into the story and truly cared about the main character
Published 3 months ago by J. Meister
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jim Carrey movie
Good movie really different role for Jim Carrey but overall really like the movie gets you thinking and wondering what if
Published 3 months ago by brandon halstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jim Carrey Movie
Bought this for Christmas for my son . This is not a comedy but Jim Carrey pulls it off great movie .
Published 3 months ago by Kathy Green
5.0 out of 5 stars The Number 23 DVD
Jim Carey is one of my all time favorite actors. I'm used to seeing him funny films and seeing him in this more serious film was great. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars 23
I enjoyed this movie about a man whos past huanted him and his family on his search of his past.
Published 3 months ago by matt
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