- Published: November 25, 2021
- Updated: November 25, 2021
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Psychological disorder, also known as a mental disorder, is a pattern of behavioral or psychological symptoms that impact multiple life areas and/or create distress for the person experiencing these symptoms (Cherry Kendra). Films could be used as a medium for teaching anyone about psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, counseling, and even literature. Or media studies about mental illness and psychopathology (Movies and Mental). As such, I had watched a psychological thriller film in my earliest day and the film gave an example about psychological disorder. The film was “ The Number 23.
” The Number 23 film was released in 2007, February 23th and directed by Joel Schumacher. The film starred with Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Danny Huston, and Logan Lerman. Also, the film was Jim Carrey first leading role in a suspense thriller and the psychological disorder about the film is “ Dissociative disorders. ” Dissociative disorders are so-called because they are marked by a dissociation from or interruption of a person’s fundamental aspects of waking consciousness (Maser Jack). In other word, the individual can’t remember their identity and history because of memory loss. From the film, Carrey acted as an animal control officer named “ Walter Sparrow,” have a wife, Agatha (Virginia Madsen) and a son, Robin (Logan Lerman). The story from the film began when Walter was reading a book (his wife brought it from the book store where they were and decided to be as a present for his birthday ) and the title was “ The Number 23” written by “ Topsy Kretts (homophone pen name Walter used).
The book was a murder mystery and the main character is a detective who refers as the “ Fingerling. ” The character explained about the named he got came from obscure children’s book which Walter also enjoyed as a child and the story leads Fingerling to visit a crime scene. A hotel where a blonde woman had murders her boyfriend and commits suicide. Then, Fingerling had entered the crime scene and saw the room wall was surrounding with a number “ 23” (23 enigmas) that he think the woman had an obsession with the number to drives her to murder and commit suicide. Walter began to have a dream of murdering Agatha and cause Walter to become paranoid. As such, he had left the house during the middle of night, went to “ King Edward Hotel,” issued room 27, but he requests room “ 23. ” Then, continued reading the book and discovered the book stop at chapter 22 where the story leads to an event. Fingerling standing on a balcony, decided to whether, or not to jump.
Because he had murder his lover “ Fabrizia” (from the movies she appeared where Fingerling was at the hotel, I think) and the story from the film goes. Walter had become obsession with the number 23 that he acted crazy each time he see 23 and his family especially his wife were worried. Walter obsession gave him a lead from a newspaper article about the murder of college student, “ Laura Tollins by her psychology professor, “ Kyle Flinch” and he thinks the professor wrote the book as a secret confession. Because the detail from the article was exactly connected from the book and Walter visit Flinch in jail.
He tried to talk with Flinch about Laura that Flinch proclaims he is innocent, and didn’t write a book about the murder. But, he pointed out the name Topsy Kretts is a “ homophone. ” Walter doesn’t know if he believed Flinch word, so he went deeper to search the trust and discovered (nearly the end of the movies). The author of the book is really Walter because his wife was investigation in abandoned asylum from a clue and found a box. The inside of the box had manuscript of the book with Walter’s name on it and an ankle bracelet that belonged to Laura. Walter went to the hotel room 23, tear down the wallpaper and found the missing chapter 23 was written all over the wall. As such, the chapter reveals the story of Walter’s confession (show a flashback) and remembers everything.
Walter’s father commit suicide after the death of his mother and his father left a suicide note with pages of the number 23. Therefore, the death of his father made Walter became obsessed with the number, drives him to murder Laura (Fabrizia), went to the King Edward hotel, wrote The Number 23, and jumped off the balcony (just like the story about the detective). However, he survived from the fall, but suffered severe injuries and trauma that caused him to had memory loss. He ended in mental institute, receives treatment from “ Dr. Sirius Leary,” (Agatha found the ID card of him that led her to abandoned asylum), and after a few year.
Walter was recovering from Dissociative disorder and leaves the institute where he met Agatha. When he left the institute, Dr. Leary found Walter manuscript, read it, and publishing it. But, somehow the book made Dr. Leary become obsession with the number 23.
All in all, Walter had accepted of being the killer that he not the man he was and tried to commit suicide. By being run over by a bus, but steps out of the way at the last minute when he realizes Robin was watching. Walter walked toward Robin, looked at his eye, cried, and gave his son a hug. Then, Walter turned himself over to the police and was awaiting a trail that the court would give him a lightly sentence. This made Flinch a free man and at the end of the film.
The film showed the Bible reading from Numbers 32: 23: “ Be sure your sin will find you out. “