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Truman Show, the

Jim Carrey , Ed Harris , Peter Weir    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
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The whole world is watching--literally--every time Truman Burbank makes the slightest move. Unbeknownst to him, in this hauntingly funny film by Peter Weir, his entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows--including his mother, his wife, and his best friend--is really an actor, paid to be part of his life. In this intriguing and surprisingly touching 1998 film, writer Andrew Niccol imagines an ultimate kind of celebrity, then sees it brought to life with comic intensity and emotional honesty by Jim Carrey in what may be the performance of his career. Carrey has exceptional support from Laura Linney and Ed Harris, but it's his show, in a portrayal that demonstrates just what kind of range Carrey is capable of. --Marshall Fine

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Format:DVD
This movie has two true modes of representation: how television perpetuates through society and how people treat celebrities. First of all, Truman is no more a victim than a result of circumstances. His fate was ultimately chosen by a dictatorial creator (played brilliantly by Ed Harris, who deserved an Oscar nomination rightly so). But as Truman discovers the truth about his pre-ordained life, the "audience" becomes captivated. The people in the bar console each other and try to rationalize Truman's decisions. The real truth about television is revealed at the very end when the two security men say "What else is on?" after Truman escapes. We, as Americans, have so readily counted on television as a main source of not only entertainment, but solace. We live our lives through the medium of the character. So, in a way, this movie is a "movie within a movie."
Additionally, the movie symbolizes in some small way how we idolize celebrities. Truman is a celebrity. The people in Seahaven are all aware, but do not tell him he is on T.V. Rather, they all "act." This is somewhat interesting because in a way, the actors may want to keep Truman on the island, not only for their jobs' sake, but also because he is an idol.
The truth is, however, that television has a commanding grasp on the American public, and that is the point of the movie. We lift the minority of celebrities (Harris as the director, the media, etc.) on our shoulders. It's almost as if we are brainwashed by T.V.
Harris's character is most intriguing. You don't know if he is helping Truman or hurting him. Harris plays a somewhat symbolic father. He believes that since he gave Truman "a life to live," that he knows what is right for Truman. That knowledge also gives Harris the ability to destroy him, as exemplified by the storm scene at the end.
Overall, this movie is unique and ground-breaking, and I recommend it to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The origins of "Reality TV." May 4 2004
Format:DVD
This film was brilliant in almost every regard. Jim Carrey's performance was incredibly believable. You saw his vulnerabilty and confusion toward the end. Ed Harris shows his love for Truman but his unwillingness to let Truman experience anything that would make him more human undermines what he's trying to do.
It also pointed out the flaws in the system, the main problem is that they made it too perfect and made it follow their own scripts instead of letting Truman discover these things for himself. They didn't allow him to have a legitimate and a real love interest and instead forced on him the relationship they wanted. But beyond that it shows the increasing voyeurism of the viewers.
The Truman Show shows us what television is like know, even though it was filmed in 1998. It's really a remarkable and prophetic view of what we would and will continue to be interested in on TV. From Christof's first speech: people tired of seeing fake emotions and special effects to when he says,"We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented." We accept it as being reality, even though we latch on a little cynicism knowing that there is story editing, casted stereotypes, and "confessionals." The "reality" is sucked out. Obviously, I'm not a fan of reality televison and all it creates.
Bravo Peter Weir, BRAVO! Thank You!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance by Jim Carrey March 4 2004
Format:DVD
The Truman Show is an excellent movie that really shows off the range of Jim Carrey. Truman Burbank has been unknowingly taped and put on TV for his whole life. Bought at birth by a huge corporation, Truman is his own tv show broadcast all over the world. Everyone around him is an actor. For almost 30 years, nothing goes wrong, but as Truman grows older he begins to realize something is up and tries to find out what. This is a great movie that blends comedy and drama. Carrey has some physical comedy, but much less than in his other films. Watching Truman try to figure things out are the best scenes in the movie. Boosting the movie is an excellent score by Burkhard Dallwitz. This is a very good movie with something for everyone.
Jim Carrey has never been better than his role as Truman Burbank, a man who is unknowingly the star of his own TV show. This part really allowed him to show that he is more than just a physical comedian. Ed Harris is equally as good as Christof, the creator of The Truman Show who is so dedicated to his creation that he refuses to let if fail. Laura Linney and Noah Emmerich also star as Meryl, Truman's wife, and Marlon, Truman's best friend since he was seven. The DVD offers tv spots, theatrical trailers, and the widescreen presentation. This is a surprisingly good movie. The ending is beautifully scripted as Truman tries to find out what is really going on. For a very good movie with an excellent performance by Jim Carrey, check out The Truman Show!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding film! Jan. 14 2004
By Volpe
Format:DVD
I have never been a huge fan of Jim Carrey movies, so when The Truman Show came out, I quickly wrote it off as not one I was going to rush out to see. I shouldn't have. Fortunately, I got the chance to see it at a friend's house, and I can honestly say that it left me speechless and amazed at the brilliance of the film. First of all, Jim Carrey excells in this role. I find him to be a very funny man in real life, but his wacky roles in previous movies (Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber...you know them) don't appeal to me at all. BUT, in this role, he shows that he is way more than a go-to weirdo or funnyman. The emotion and the vulnerability he brings to the naive Truman Burbank only improves as the movie goes on. Watching this man crack as the only world he knows begins to slowly betray him and the intensity of his attempts to discover what else is beyond his hidden cage is moving in a way that few movies can convey successfully.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a must see movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a must see movie
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