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I only came across this film around 2004 so I am well behind the times but was extremely impressed.Really at a loss for words.But there was a point in the film that reminded me of an idea that was going the rounds when I was at University and people were smoking pot and dreaming of changing the world via CounterCulture.In fact 2 ideas came back:2 pictures I remember that seem to have cropped up in the film to opposite effect . The first (chronologically later) was in the French film "L'an 01" which was based on the idea of a sudden change of perspective and life reality that would supposedly take effect when people all around would suddenly just "get it" and everything would start from scratch "from year One" so to speak.By the way this film occurred around the time of the events in Cambodia and I sometimes wonder whether old Pol Pot was a fan of it as there were a lot of those bastards in Paris (Ho Chi Ming,Khomeini )etc Anyway the other thing I remember was a cartoon in a "counterculture" magazine and the idea was that the character would be living in the mundane ,regulated monochrome environment of society when he would suddenly make a contact with a fellow human being and hey presto! they would notice a little crack appear in the wall.Of course on closer inspection it is revealed that they can look through the crack and even go through it .On the other side of the crack the cartoonist has painted in the alternative view of the world -Lots of cows I seem to recall and rivers.Maybe you get the picture?! So when I see the bowsprit of Carey's boat pierce the edge of the ocean sky it reminds me of that image but in an opposite kind of a way. Its back to reality and not some kind of a pipe dream!
The Truman Show has come at a time when cloning and identity theft are subjects which are so often raised. It is now that these subjects penetrate our every day lives involving us,not just fictional characters in movies. There have been many attempts by multinational corporations to 'register' a life form as intellectual property so they can do what they please with what is their 'property' and so the cloning world has begun. This would allow a child to be genetically altered for medical reasons (to avoid spina-bifida or another ailment) and in the process be registered as the corporations intellectual property. They can then 'use' that child throughout its life to harvest blood or tissue without any legal limitations. All pie-in-the-sky stuff but this has been an issue discussed by governments and pharmaceutical corporations all around the world for over a decade. I loved The Truman Show for its humour and skillful use of present-day technology. It was a late night viewing choice of this movie on TV or our latest version of Big Brother on another channel here in Britain, which made me realise how prescient this movie had been in 1998. The other coincidence is that of a book written years ago about a woman who was diagnosed as schizophrenic and had delusions that her whole life had been run by people called "Operators" and she was just their"Thing" to be tested and manipulated for their amusement and curiosity. They revealed to her that Operators had been around since the dawn of Man and had constantly set tasks for their Things, which inadvertently caused Man to evolve. They said, "If it hadn't been for us, you humans would still be bumping into each other in caves." Her life was a series of struggles to break free from this observing and testing by the Operators. Christof could slip straight into the guise of Operator in The Truman Show for it was his setting of tasks and emotional tests that caused Truman to grow and mature in the way he did. A great movie on many levels but a good piece of entertainment too. Hollywood doing it the way it should.
What's great about this film is that although ostensibly it's about
society's obsession with TV and voyeurism, the influences appear to be
things like 1984, The Prisoner, and even man's attempt at spirituality.
There's a little bit of Truman in all of us - seriously, how much
freedom do we really have? Don't you ever feel like you have no
control, and wonder if there is someone out there plotting your
A clever film indeed, if only because it raises issues and encourages us to ask questions. Also beautifully played - for the most part straight - by Carrey. Natascha McElhone is wonderful if under-used. Harris is surprisingly good as the self-appointed creator (of what, exactly - in his mind?!) Original, inspiring, warm and funny. The very last line of the film is perhaps the most telling of all.
My friends and I agree that this film is underrated to many. It came out roughly in the same time as EDtv so there are comparisons made. However, as in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Carrey demonstrates his skills as an actor. A straight actor and to be honest, I prefer Carrey in Truman Show and ESOTSM and even Man In The Moon to his comic performances. A funny man he is but unlike say, Bill Murray (a fave of mine nonetheless), Carrey can make the change from funny to straight easily. Watch this film and question life itself. Like The Prisoner and other such things it can throw up some questions. The whole Big Brother angle on life and what-have-you but mostly just watch this for a drastically underrated performance by Carrey.
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The Truman Show is a great movie that shows the faults in reality TV. It satarizes how ridiclious reality TV is and how people are paying to much attention to it. By having a show that revolves around one persons life, it shows how people will watch anything. His whole life is a fraud and he does not know this. By showing in the movie, the director clearly satarizes reality TV and shows how bad it is. I felt this was a very entertaining movie. It shows how Truman grew as a person and found the courage to search for more and to reach his dreams. He wanted to leave and go off to Fiji, but there was always something stopping him. When he finally found out the truth and got out of the show, he realized his dream and found more to life.
I believe that there are four main satires during this movie. They are the following Reality Television,the American Dream, Sense of safety for a person, and consumerism.The Reality Television comes into play with the whole television in which it is a show that people think is real but in reality it was all fake. Reality shows are also addicting and as they show in the movie they make fun of the people who are so in love with the show that they always have it on since it is a show that just keeps going on and on. The American Dream is shown in that Truman's wife is pretending to be the perfect wife and be all old fashioned. The Sense of Safety is shown in that the town no one is able to leave and they live in this small area. The reason is for Truman to not get hurt but you have to learn from your mistakes. Lastly, the consumerism is shown throughout the movie in weird places and that is making fun of how much America uses that in television shows and movie. So now that I have stated my opinion what is yours?
Jim Carrey does an immaculate job of actually playing a serious role. The problem is that Jim has played so many comedies that a semi-sweet role isn't really approved by the common public. In my opinion he is still very funny and plays Truman very well. The question for The Truman Show isn't did Jim Carrey play his role well or not, rather, it be is the satire to this film too realistic to how American minds think. The director Peter Weir does a very good job making fun of us. He shows through comedy, triumph, and weakness how to advertise. The way that Weir makes fun of reality TV makes all Americans look like cruel idiots. The Truman Network that people watch almost 24/7, is pop culture at its weakest. This is saying right there that we are sort of interdependent to it. Also it proves Foreign countries opinion that Americans are lazy by showing people of all ages watching The Truman Show. Overall Jim Carrey and the rest of the cast does an amazing Job of portraying the fairytale life of Truman
The concept of this film is genius: Truman is the star of his own
series, and he doesn't know it! A wonder that Hollywood finally managed
to create an intelligent, funny, emotional, esoterical, mysterious,
in short an all covering film that is really touching. In
the first, somewhat overlong half the story is following the main hero
Truman through his point of view and elaborating his quiet, normal life
while the director Peter Weir is cleverly choosing strange camera
angles to give the feeling as if he is being spy-ed by someone. In the
second, and much more intriguing part, the story shifts to the
outside" world and to Christof's 10 mile wide studio from which Truman
is being monitored by 5.000 cameras 24 hours a day for a TV show.
The themes of this sci-fi tragicomedy are quite fascinating existential ( finding out who we are and stopping anyone who wants to control our life ), philosophical ( what is real and what not? ) and even subversive ( the media changed the world so much that even a lie can pass as truth ). One of the best scenes is the one where Christof touches the sleeping Truman on the screen at night, creating a strange feeling how he is present in his life although he never met him!"The Truman Show" deservedly won 3 Golden Globes for best score, main actor Jim Carrey and supporting actor Ed Harris, who was also nominated for an Oscar.
Still, as much as I love it, I have to admit that the original shooting script by Andrew Niccol overshadows it. There we had a much more intimate storyline and original ideas. Some of the highlights there were that the location was New York (!), the scene where Truman accidentally discovers the word Trumanesque" in the dictionary, the building of the fake town Sydney, Chloe's marching in into Christof's room and telling him that Truman didn't masturbate for 2 months, the dialog between a caller and Christof ( I enjoyed your work, Christof, but I can't say I saw all of it." Who can?" ) or when Truman disguised himself while entering an xxx store all the while some two viewers had an ironic dialog ( What's with the disguise?" Maybe he doesn't want to be recognized." ). I can't understand why those scenes were deleted. True, the script ending is much weaker than the movie ending, but all in all it gives an better impression - and elaborates the plot more. It's sad because with that script this could have easily been even better.
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That's all I can say after watching this movie. I just finished it not
five minutes ago, and... the things I am feeling are beyond
description. By the end, I was sitting enraptured on my couch, staring
unblinkingly at the events happening on my screen. I began to feel so
insignificant, so small, like my life was equivalent to that of a
housefly. It felt... so strange.
This was definitely, DEFINITELY a 10/10 film. Pure wonder on all counts. In fact, I'm beginning to wonder why I'm writing this review, as it seems unlikely that I'll meet the ten-line minimum. There is simply nothing I can say, except for amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
I can't even begin to imagine the moment of reality. The moment when you realise that your entire life has been scripted, has been surrounding you. The moment when you realise that your life is nothing but a thing of entertainment. There is no originality. Everything is planned... It must feel so unbelievable, unthinkable, incredible, inconceivable. These are only a few of the adjectives there are to describe that mind-boggling feeling.
If you haven't seen this film, I absolutely and completely urge you to do so. Your life as you know it will change forever.
I first saw the movie when I was really small (I think that it was 1999 - one year after it appeared) and my father took me to this unknown cinema and didn't tell me what I was about to see. I was absolutely fascinated by the story at that time. The plot itself is interesting and intelligent. After a while, I saw the same movie again and I figured out the hidden meanings and the real beauty in Truman's story (and I was indeed surprised). Actually, Truman's story is no different from our story. He was the essential piece in a big plan but didn't know it because he had no eyes for it. He was closed inside a little, incomplete world and could not escape. Finally, Truman is your average man who suddenly realizes that there may be more to world than he is able to see.
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