Spiraling into a dark obsession with the
number 23, Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey) twists his once
idyllic life into an inferno of psychological torture that
could possibly lead to his death as well as the deaths of
his loved ones. Spurred on by a mysterious novel, The Number
23, that he doesn’t dare put down, Walter is forced to
unlock the secrets of his past before he can continue his
future with his wife, Agatha (Virginia Madsen), and teenage
son, Robin (Logan Lerman).
The novel, given to Walter by Agatha as a birthday gift,
depicts a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror
Walter’s life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of
the book’s main character, a brooding detective named
Fingerling (also played by Carrey), is filled with moments
that echo Walter’s own history. As the world of the book
starts to come alive, Walter becomes infected by the most
frightening and evocative part of it: Fingerling’s obsession
with the hidden power of the number 23.
This obsession permeates the book and begins to control
Walter. He sees the number everywhere in his own life and
becomes convinced that he is damned to commit the same
horrific crime as Fingerling – murder. Nightmarish fantasies
come to haunt Walter, ones that portend terrible fates for
his wife as well as family friend Isaac French (Danny
Huston), placing him on a desperate quest to understand the
mysteries of the book.
If he can unlock the power behind the number 23, he may be
able to change his future.
The film, which began production on January 23rd, 2006, was
shot on location in and around the Los Angeles area,
including the communities of Altadena, Pacific Palisades,
Monterey Park and Temple City. Enhancing the stylized world
of the book, some interiors were filmed inside the Sunset
Gower Studios in Hollywood and Los Angeles Center Studios in
downtown Los Angeles.
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