Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Number 23

The Number 23 (2007)

Directed by: Joel Shumacher
Written by:
Fernley Phillips
Starring: Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins

Okay. This is the one about the guy who reads this book about a guy obsessed with the number 23 and realizes that the character is very similar to him. Huh. Slowly, he becomes obsessed with the number, and then finds out that the character murdered somebody. Then a bunch of stuff happens. I can't remember. It was kind of all over the place.

Now, I know a lot of people watched this movie and went 'hey! There really are a lot of 23s in my life'. I myself have a thing about spirals ever since I read Uzumaki by Junji Ito. There are spirals inside your ears! So obviously people are impressionable.

But really, the guy in the movie seems a little... too impressionable. Granted, he really is the character in the book (spoilers), but that was all a little bit bogus.

The whole movie was bogus. There were some really serious believability problems with it. Okay, I don't really mind movies that aren't believable (that's a double negative! Oh well). The Fifth Element, for example, has believability issues (I have a Fifth Element fixation right now, go figure), but that's totally different.

This movie, I think, was supposed to be clever and meaningful or something, supposed to make me think about it. I don't want to think about it! I try to avoid thinking if at all possible.

But anyway, apart from it being totally bogus (okay, okay, okay, lots of things equal 23, but lots of things don't. It's easy to manipulate numbers too. For example: 13+13-3=23. Holy God! If you add up the numbers in my birthday, you get 29. Minus 6 is 23. Wow), it was badly written, and Jim Carrey was really bad.

I really like Jim Carrey, but he did kinda suck. Otherwise, though, I liked the look of the movie. But that's about the only thing I did like about it.


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