The Truman Show [Blu-ray]
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He's the star of the show--but he doesn't know. Jim Carrey wowed critics and audiences alike as unwitting Truman Burbank in this marvel of a movie from director Peter Weir (Witness, Dead Poets Society) about a man whose life is a nonstop TV show. Truman doesn't realize that his quaint hometown is a giant studio set run by a visionary producer/director/creator (Ed Harris), that folks living and working there are Hollywood actors, that even his incessantly bubbly wife is a contract player. Gradually, Truman gets wise. And what he does about his discovery will have you laughing, crying and cheering like few film stories ever have.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Peter Weir
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : December 30, 2008
- Actors : Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Philip Baker Hall, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B001GMH8TM
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As I was watching the Truman Show, I couldn’t help but notice the parallels with today’s world, which has seemingly become saturated with reality television and this sort of fame cult. We are possibly coming very close to the line where something like the Truman Show isn’t as outlandish. Cameras are seemingly everywhere, “reality television” is everywhere and the line between real life and television and movies is becoming blurry.
A very good movie, but more than a little scary if you look beyond the face.
And If you're wondering, watching this movie didn't put my sons suspicions at ease. Pero, whatever. He'll live.
Jim Carey put forth an excellent performance as he understood this character and the premise. This and his portrayal of the comedian Andy Kaufman were and are his best work.
His town and everything and everyone in it are not real. His friends are paid actors and his life is fabricated all to make the biggest television project the worlds ever seen.
But Carreys character soon finds he wants to leave the town and explore the world so the town has to convince him otherwise.
He's compelled to leave anyway possible.
The truth is forced out of the production company that's imprisoned him in the blissful town.
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Disturbingly, his whole world from birth has been fake: effectively, an enormous hi-tech film set populated by paid actors and extras that even includes Truman’s own family.
However, he becomes increasingly tired and suspicious of his “virtual” existence - and so-called “friends” - in a phoney, shallow world that’s financed by sponsored ads and controlled by an exploitative, megalomaniac super-geek.
Exactly how I felt before I deleted my Facebook account.
An ordinary man (Jim Carrey), somewhere in the contemporary USA, has a routine life, but he beings to find an undercurrent of conspiracy against him.
This film is about a man whos an unwitting star of a show about his life with hundreds of people in on it. Truman breaks his pleasant lifestyle when he slowly becomes aware of his shifting world viewpoint with a deep but rather dry, academic version of what could be described as paranoid schizophrenia symptoms. This questioning of his world and conspiracy explanations behind this is a sign, coupled with a few trigger situations to support this in his mind, of this condition. His dad rediscovered, the hearing of radio following his driving, the truth of characters walking about his home, is clear from his viewpoint.
The fact he knows nothing about the life he's had for 30 or so years and becoming aware of this world focusing on everything he does, stresses his mind and temporarily overwhelms him. I won't say the ending but its deep too.
Truman is a show based on the life of a guy who was put into this show as a baby and has been followed right through life to where he is now as an adult. However, he starts to get suspicious about his life and where he lives and things with the production start to go wrong. He continues to pursue these events and comes to the conclusion that things are not as they seem.
I am not going to give the rest of the film away suffice it to say it is worth watching. This is Jim Carrey at his best and his perfomance is brilliant. Well worth the watch.
This is about someone who is lost and whose life is directed from outside - even to the extent he has been programmed to avoid exploring those experiences which might reveal the truth. It's just clever and also so easy to relate to.
If you haven't seen it then I recommend watching it. If you have then maybe it's time to see it again.
There's no denying that Carrey's performance is wonderful, but the set-up is quite unbelievable and over the top. It is quite prophetic in that it's the first mainstream movie about the modern day Big Brother style surveillance. I felt quite sorry for Truman overall. The ending, in my own humble opinion, is a bit of a cop out.