Movie Feature

The Numbers Game

By Tay Yek KeakMovies - 16 November 2011 3:17 PM | Updated 4:06 PM

The Numbers Game

Coincidentally, there are now two movies with only numbers in their titles playing in our cinemas right now – the local army ghost flick, “23:59”, and angmoh horror film, “11-11-11”.  

We think this means something big and significant for fortune tellers, fengshui masters, unlicensed mediums, conmen and 4D punters.  Or maybe, we’re just getting numerical-hysterical over nothing.  Anyway, we decided to play safe in case luck is really on our side. 

Who knows?  Maybe one of you will get rich and hit the jackpot like that recent casino auntie with the 400K winnings.  So we’re running through our favourite digit-alised movies to help you hit the Big One.  Don’t forget to give us 10%, ok?      


23:59 (now showing)

In an army camp resembling Pulau Tekong, a spooky tale about a mad woman dying right at the time of 23:59 (one minute before midnight) freaks out a bunch of recruits in a bunk.  It is believed that her ghost will return to haunt and kill them at the exact same time.  Soon, it really happens. 

Significance of number: NS dudes will know this “2359” number forever like their first shower in the communal toilet.  No. 4 uniform, M113, SAR 21, White Horse 101might not have the same staying power, but 2359 is imprinted into the lingo of soldiers long after they turn into lau pengs (old soldiers).  Example – “I must pay my loan shark by 2359 or he’ll spray paint my China mistress’s HDB flat.”

4D numbers: Buy as “2359” or toh peng (reverse) as 9532


11-11-11 (now showing)

On the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 (meaning just a few days ago, man!), some kind of unholy thing enters our world through Heaven’s 11th gate and pops up in Barcelona, Spain.  No, not Lionel Messi.  But something that looks like it’s related to the devil in "The Exorcist".  Just for kicks, this movie was really released on 11-11-11.  Don’t know if it made $1,111.11.

Significance of number: 10-10-10 looks like a nice round number to get married or buy a cute little rabbit, right?  But doesn’t “11-11-11” look like an evil number with devil horns?  Oh, don’t worry if you just got married on that date.  It’s just a harmless number … or is it? 

4D numbers: No matter how you reverse, mangle or put it into permutations, you’d still end up with 1111.  Duh.


1408 (2007)

A cynical horror writer (John Cusack) checks into an infamously haunted room, No: 1408, in a hotel, despite warnings from the manager (Samuel L. Jackson) not to do so.  At first, the man is full of bravado.  Before long, he’s peeing in his pants. 

Significance of number: The film is based on a short story by creepo-horror writer, Stephen King, who likes setting spook tales in scary hotels, motels and historical rest stops.  There are numerous references to unlucky number 13 in the movie.  Including how the individual numbers of 1408 add up to 13.

4D numbers: Four numbers are always easy to buy – 1408 or 8041.  Hope Unlucky 13 isn’t cursing these numbers though.


2012 (2009)

John Cusack (again!) and a whole bunch of people – like the entire world – are caught up in an end-of-the-world Armaggedon-level event in the year 2012.  By the way, dudes, kiss your a** goodbye because that’s next year!  There are appalling eruptions, earthquakes, cats mating with dogs, Kim Kardashian staying married, and floods worse than our Orchard Road ones.

Significance of number: According to the ancient Mayans of South America, 2012 is the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.  The Meso-what so?  Anyway, bye guys.  It’s been nice knowing you.

4D numbers: Buy 2012 long.  Buy 2102 short.  Spend it NOW before we all become toast. 


2046 (2004)

“He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same recapture their lost memories.”  … Hey, we’re too lazy to sum up “2046” into three lines so we ripped off IMDB’s description.  Frankly, we don’t know what it means, but since “2046” is a Wong Kar Wai arthouse movie, it’s okay to feel very blur about it.

Significance of number: We’re ripping this off from Wikipedia too because we’re still feeling totally stupid – “2046” is the number of the hotel room in “In The Mood For Love” (another WKW flick) in which Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung's characters meet to write their kung fu novel serial.”  Wow.  Cheem, man.

4D numbers: Keep punting on 2046.  By the year 2046, sure hit one!


300 (2006)

“THIS IS SPARTA!!!”  Man, even with the abs-packed Immortals coming up, we still get goose bumps from those words shouted by Mr Fab Abs himself, Gerard Butler.  Of course, these days, five years later, he’s more Mr Fat Abs but back then, the sight of 300 near-naked Spartan bare-a**ed bada**es taking on about 300,000 Persians with elephants, rhinos, and shining bling from the big bad Mid East hood was damn on, man.  Those were happy, bright and gay times back then, bros.   

Significance of number: According to Greek legend, in very olden times, 300 Spartans fought bravely against a ginormous Persian invasion force of almost limitless size.  According to current Greek economic reality, 300 refers to the 300 billion dollars (may not be accurate since we guess-timate only) they owe other countries these days.

4D numbers: Since this is only three numbers, we suggest adding your favourite digit at the end – like 300”?” – to make it a 4D super-huat number.  HUAT AH!!!