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"Number 23" Synopsis
29 Jan 2007    

By Nicola West (Editor/Writer (UK))

We were fortunate enough to receive the official film synopsis for "The Number 23" recently.

It's more detailed than the blurbs doing the rounds at the moment and gives an interesting insight to the movie.

'Walter Sparrow is a simple, quiet family man, a dogcatcher by trade. One evening, a mysterious dog leads him on a convoluted chase that causes him to be late for a meeting with his wife. While waiting for Walter, she wanders into a used bookstore and buys a book. This book will change Walter’s life forever. Walter hates to read but reluctantly begins thumbing through the short novel called The Number 23.

The book chronicles the murderous obsession of a man named Fingerling with the number 23, and how this number comes to rule his life. To Walter’s horror, the book seems to mirror intimate details of his past. The more he reads, the more revealing the book becomes, and he begins to notice the number 23 popping up in almost everything he does. Before long, Walter shares the same obsession and paranoia as Fingerling. Now the book not only knows his past, it begins to forecast his future. And his future seems to be that of a killer.

The Number 23
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Walter discovers that the book is actually a confession to a 15-year-old murder that he seems destined to repeat. He realizes he is becoming a danger to those around him, especially his family. The only way to save himself, to prevent the number 23 from driving him insane, to stop fate from turning him into a killer is to find the book’s author and uncover the truth.

Is the curse real? Has the number 23 taken control of Walter’s destiny or is it all just the power of suggestion? Does Walter suffer from some kind of dementia or is there a killer out there waiting for justice? How far will the number push him? Will it force him to become a killer? The answers will lead him to a truth more horrifying then he could have ever imagined.'

-- With thanks to Daniela at Entertainment Films.

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