Rhona Mitra is a slap across the face of Joel Schumacher's new psychological thriller, The Number 23. And I don't mean that in a bad way. It's a merciful slap--the kind you'd give your best friend if he suddenly lost his mind and started spewing out nonsensical absurdities--and comes at a point in the film when the viewer has become hopelessly entangled in a labyrinth of loose ends and far-fetched explanations.
She can play nice, but watch out! This girl's feisty.
Without warning, like the smack of a ruler-wielding Catholic school nun who's just caught you dozing off at the back of the room, Mitra jumps onto the screen with an explosive, albeit brief,
performance that demands your undivided attention.
He's gonna need a female to figure this one out.
It's not just her good looks and loud yelling that steal the show, though. There's plenty of that to be found elsewhere in the film. What makes Mitra stand out (besides her decidedly sexy British accent) is the way she convincingly portrays Laura Tollins' cruel indifference towards Walter Sparrow (played by Jim Carrey). She doesn't just hurl insults at him--she looks him straight in the eye and lets him know exactly what she feels. It's real. So real, in fact, that for a split-second you actually pity the guy.
But a split-second's not
enough to get a solid reading of this girl's potential, and neither are the minor roles she's landed in movies and television (Highwaymen, The Life of David Gale, The Practice, Boston Legal, Nip/Tuck).
One bad motha...
Fortunately, though, we'll have plenty of opportunities to get to know Rhona Mitra better in the near future. She will be starring as an FBI agent in the upcoming Shooter, with Mark Wahlberg (opening March 23), and as the mother of a half-human, half-bloodthirsty wolfish creature in Skinwalkers (opening March 30). If she was flaming in 23, imagine how hot she'll be when you give her a gun and take away her kid.
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