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The Number 23
(2007)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ladd Macintosh

Conducted by:
Arnold Crust
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
New Line Records
(February 20th, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you typically enjoy the atmosphere of bleak and modern synthetic textures in your thrillers and mysteries.

Avoid it... if basic and aimless ambient texture suffices for you in this genre of film, but offers no substantial style to appreciate on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #778
WRITTEN 2/12/07
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The Number 23: (Harry Gregson-Williams) For those who obsess on hidden messages and mathematical equations, Joel Schumacher's The Number 23 is the kind of film that could either thrill you or make you crazy. In the psychological thriller, Jim Carrey plays a man who can't put down a book about a detective with a fixation about the number 23. As he continues to read the story, he becomes so engrossed in its contents, and the supposed connections between the story and his own life's circumstances, that he blurs the lines between his life and the detective's. The obsession with the number transfers to him, ruining his life while he tries to figure out how his own fate will transpire (based on the book). While Carrey has been attempting to follow in Robin Williams' footsteps into more serious subject matter, this venture into the realm of thrillers and mysteries has reportedly left the actor flailing. With his performance badly over-acted, the intrigue of the film falls on Schumacher's ability to insert variants on the number in the film's peripherals. The maniacal insertion of the equations and representations of the integer are everywhere in the picture, and you have to wonder if composer Harry Gregson-Williams didn't get that memo. One of the more interesting aspects of Gregson-Williams' score for The Number 23 is that it doesn't make any outward attempt to address the number. At no obvious point, for instance, does he introduce a theme with two notes on one instrument and three on another, and enthusiasts of the film could search a while in the score without finding any similarly appropriate complexity. Gregson-Williams, being amongst the two most successful composers to emerge from the Media Ventures age of digital film scoring, has proven his capabilities in other genres. But his output is wildly unpredictable, perhaps serving as testimony to his talents, and you never know with him in a neutral setting whether you're going to get a score of the magnificent size and scope of The Chronicles of Narnia or the bleak and uninspired synthetics of Deja Vu. With The Number 23, you get much more of the latter.



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Average: 2.53 Stars
***** 37 5 Stars
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N.R.Q. - April 17, 2007, at 10:40 a.m.
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****
CS_TBL - March 4, 2007, at 2:11 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:07
• 1. Opening Titles (3:54)
• 2. Fingerling's Childhood (3:05)
• 3. Suicide Blonde (7:34)
• 4. Ned (3:00)
• 5. 11:12pm (4:02)
• 6. Finishing the Book (9:03)
• 7. Laura Tollins (3:20)
• 8. Room 23 (5:37)
• 9. Atonement (4:56)

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