Horror Movie: The Number 23 (R; 2007; 98 min.)

Well once again I’ve managed to pick up a Jim Carrey movie, even though I don’t prefer him as an actor, but I’m glad I did…he was great in this role. Maybe I just don’t prefer him in those slapstick comedies. This movie wasn’t so much a horror movie, either, but a mystery/thriller-type movie. Bummer.

This movie started off kind of slow, with a noir feel to it. Jim is Walter Sparrow, who we see on his birthday (2/03) at his job as an animal control officer. After he is bit by a mysteriously reappearing dog named NED, strange things start to happen. But that’s later.

First, Walter’s wife Agatha finds a book that same day, a piece of fiction based on the importance of the number 23 in history as seen through a detective’s eyes. Walter (very, very slowly) reads the book and imagines himself as this detective (who seems to have a very active sex life). Soon, Walter also sees the number 23 everywhere and becomes obsessed with solving a mysterious murder described in the book.

There are many more layers to the movie than I’ve mentioned here, but this is the main idea. It does pick up steam as it goes on, with several twists and surprises thrown in, especially at the end. All in all, a good movie, just not scary in any way.

  • Top Scare: None
  • Heartbeats: 1 1/2 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 1 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 1 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 15 and up, mainly for the sex scenes

Next up: The Haunting in Connecticut

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