The Truman Show
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Truman Show, The (DVD)
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 mar vel of a mo vie from director Peter Weir (Witness, Dead Poets Society) about a man w hose life is a nonstop TV show. Truman doesn't re alize that his quaint hometown is a giant studio set run by a visionary producer/director/crea tor (Ed Harris), that folks living and working there are Hollywood acto rs, that even his incessantly bubbly wife is a contract player. Graduall y, Truman gets wise. And wh at he does about his discovery will have you laughing, crying and cheering like few film stories ever have.]]>
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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.
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.
This movie is more than just about watching Truman Burbank find out the truth of his televised life, but it is a stunning portrayal of humanity. Truman's world was created by Christof (the always wonderful Ed Harris) to be what is considered "perfection." Christof is like God in the Seahaven world. He makes every choice for the world, including the weather and even Truman's fears...but Christof cannot change the one thing that noone can manipulate--Truman's thoughts. Truman is given the perfect wife, a brotherly bestfriend, a steady job, and a life in a world that exists without pain, sadness, or evil. But the world is a cage. The movie shows that stability is not perfection, ignorance is not bliss, and a life without ALL emotions--including sadness, fear, and pain--could never exist. Even without knowing that he is trapped, Truman feels the need to escape his "perfect" life and to see what else there is beyond the utopia that is Seahaven Island. It is a perfect display of our quest for the unknown, unsatisfaction with just mundane existence, and our interest in what normality really is.
When you watch this movie, you will become just like the viewers in the movie who are watching Truman. You will root for him, cry for him, and laugh with (or at) him. His is truly a reality show that I hope that never is created for real...but we ARE humans, so who knows how we'll try to play God next...
WATCH THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY!!!!
Top international reviews
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.
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.
The film itself was OK. I liked the idea behind the film more than where the writers and director took the film in direction. It was thought provoking and original, and I love Jim Carey's character; realistic and compelling. The film just doesn't really develop much over the couple of hours, and I felt a lot more could have been done with the idea.
It was refreshing to see Carey in a different role to his usual, type-cast roles, and he took it on well.
It was, though, definitely worth the buy and watch and I will be recommending it to friends, purely for the original narrative.
Those out there that haven't seen Truman Burbank's story are missing out on one of the best movies in the history of cinema. The movie tells the surreal story of a man that finds himself in a real life TV show where everyone around him, including his wife and his best friend, are hired actors, paid to convince Burbank that his life is real. The known director Peter Weir, responsible for movies such as "Green Card", "Dead Poets' Society" and "Master and Commander", creates unbelievable tension by revealing more and more whilst keeping the movie on a realistic level, a hard job in itself. Ed Harris stars as the director of the "Truman Show", all in all this is a movie everyone should at least have watched once in a lifetime.
It could be that mines faulty but I'm not sure. Either way, solid film in my top 10.
Telling the story of Truman, a man who has lived his whole life as the star of a TV show and he doesn't even know....
This is one of Jim Carreys best performances with comedy and drama mixed perfectly together.