Carrey plays a dogcatcher, who by twist of fate, stumbles upon a book that seems to mirror his life and his connection to the ever-present “23”. Carrey also plays Detective Fingerling, the main character in the novel he becomes increasingly obsessed with. The mysteries in this movie soon become less and less of a focus as the viewer is dared, or perhaps just tempted to be disturbed enough with the movie to look away. Sadly, The Number 23 accomplishes none of its high reaching goals.
The movie shouldn’t be faulted for trying to be a better, more disturbing thriller. It should be faulted however for never reaching those goals and becoming disinteresting and annoying in the process. No, Jim Carrey’s career is not in danger, but he should choose more wisely in his future forays into drama.
The Line: EHH… Maybe Not Now