Inbetween script rewrites and storyboarding for the up and coming Beiber Fever masterpiece that some Uni friends and I will be shooting in the coming days, I took a break from work and assignments by switching my focus to The Number 23.
Have you ever noticed each time you go to hire out some movies, you find the same movies just seem to stand out each time? No? Well maybe I'm just paranoid. But I just couldn't avoid Jim Carrey's face covered in biro scrawls any longer. I had heard mixed reviews and while he is a favourite comic actor of mine, I was hesitant in viewing a role that was serious, layered and troubled. But this is what the blog is all about!
The film follows family man Walter Sparrow who becomes convinced an old, yellowed novel is mirroring events of his own life. As his obsession takes over his life in a matter of days, he uncovers dark secrets and is propelled into the theory of the number 23 - whereby, everything, somehow, is linked to this number.
I admired the experimental visual styles of storytelling - particularly when Walter's imagination runs wild and we're treated to scenes that are Noir and somewhat animated that reminds me of Sin City. The idea of 23 could have been taken to a much higher level but Hollywood's lukewarm approach to an arthouse concept was a psychological thriller that fell shy of a gripping story.
Film Count: 67 out of 365