The Number 23 is one of those movies that has a great gimmick but can’t seem to find a way to make this work. The idea of combining numerology with paranoia could be a great idea for some clever fun. Unfortunately, the last word this film deserves is “clever.”
Jim Carrey’s character finds the number 23 in everything in his life but the way he gets to 23 is really ridiculous. Sometimes he adds up numbers one way and other times he adds them up another. It all depends on what’s the most convenient way to reach the number 23. For example, he makes 2012 equal 23 by adding 20 plus 1 plus 2. Worst of all, he ignores that it really adds up to 5 as in 2 plus 0 plus 1 plus 2. Sadly, the film is like that throughout. It never creates a real feeling of paranoia, it just feels really lame.
Then it gets even worse. In the end there is a twist, but it is probably the most ridiculous twist I have ever seen in a film. It’s a terribly unbelievable coincidence and it makes you want to ask yourself and everyone around you if it was worth sitting there so long. You will never get that time back.
The Number 23 is so overly melodramatic that you can not help laughing all the time. If you really want to know what I think of this film read every 23rd word of this review.