What do you get when you combine an ex-swimmer of Dawson’s Creek (Michael Pitt II), an ex-mouse from the Mickey Mouse Club (Ryan Gosling) along with Ben Chaplin and Sandra Bullock? Answer, a not very entertaining movie.The tag line for this movie reads “Let The Mind Games Begin.” I say let the crap end.
NUMBERS takes Richard (Gosling) and Justin (Pitt), two high school students at opposite ends of the popularity spectrum and plots them against Cassie (Bullock) and her new forensics partner Sam (Chaplin) in a tale of whodunit murder. Was it Richard, the smartass rich kid who seems to get laid three times a day or Justin, the nerdy loner who spends all his time reading big books and researching how to commit the perfect crime without leaving any DNA or evidence at the scene.
The dynamic between Cassie and Sam is the most interesting part of the movie; they flirt, they fight, the sleep together. Through out the movie Cassie wrestles with many demons, including her intimate relationship with Sam and the fact that she pushes everyone away. Sam just wants to solve the case and help Cassie come out of her shell. In the end it’s a battle of wits as the duos try to outsmart each other. One pair trying to solve the crime and the other turning on their respective partner and attempting to frame them for the whole thing.
The story and characters lack depth and thought. At the end of the movie I really didn’t care who did it or got away with it. The only redeeming quality was that the movie was finally over.Normally I like Sandra Bullock movies – but this one was just a disgrace. The only thing I learned from this movie was that female hyenas have penises. So if you have a hankering to see a Sandra Bullock movie – go rent one. Even “Hope Floats” was better than this pile of crap.