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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and thought provoking movie! Nov. 24 2007
By Chris
Format:DVD
A really interesting movie which follows the life of a man named Truman Burbank, played by Jim Carey. Born into a reality television show, he grows up unknowing that every single person in the little town he lives in is an actor. Every single movement and conversation has been scripted, and every thing surrounding his life is filmed and broadcast as part of a show in the "real world".

It follows the standard Hero archetype - which is covered in depth by the American mythology professor, writer and orator, Joseph Campbell - of a human being born into a life of illusion and ignorance who comes to suspect that there is something wrong about his world. He develops a burning curiosity and insight and begins to see through the deception and removes the wool that has been pulled over his eyes for so long. It's a heartwarming film, with a balanced mixture of comedy, romance and a tragic awakening towards the end.

Not only does it deal with the potential horrors that may lie in an industry bent on transmitting - for entertainment - so called "reality television", but is actually a stunning metaphor and portrayal of the drama that lies in wait for every human being.

Should be watched hand in hand with the Matrix. Very thought provoking indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and thought provoking movie! Nov. 24 2007
By Chris
Format:DVD
A really interesting movie which follows the life of a man named Truman Burbank, played by Jim Carey. Born into a reality television show, he grows up unknowing that every single person in the little town he lives in is an actor. Every single movement and conversation has been scripted, and every thing surrounding his life is filmed and broadcast as part of a show in the "real world".

It follows the standard Hero archetype - which is covered in depth by the American mythology professor, writer and orator, Joseph Campbell - of a human being born into a life of illusion and ignorance who comes to suspect that there is something wrong about his world. He develops a burning curiosity and insight and begins to see through the deception and removes the wool that has been pulled over his eyes for so long. It's a heartwarming film, with a balanced mixture of comedy, romance and a tragic awakening towards the end.

Not only does it deal with the potential horrors that may lie in an industry bent on transmitting - for entertainment - so called "reality television", but is actually a stunning metaphor and portrayal of the drama that lies in wait for every human being.

Should be watched hand in hand with the Matrix. Very thought provoking indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a must see movie Nov. 18 2007
By Aeneas
Format:DVD
This is a very powerful movie. I have never been a big fan of Jim Carrey, but in this movie he is great and plays the character with much sensitivity apart from humor. Apparently the movie was never a big success in the US, which could be because the subject is too close for comfort.

It brings to mind the story by Gurdjieff of the evil magician, as the movie shows how Truman is really not in control of anything, as it is all orchestrated from above. Just like we like to think we are at the top of the food chain and in control of our lives, so too does Truman believe that he makes real choices and that he is free. Little does he know that he is lives in a "cage". To keep Truman from discovering the Truth, the "media" is employed to constantly shape his opinions and to suppress any questioning of the reality in which he lives. This has scary parallels to todays world, where the mainstream media and manufactured opinion polls acts like the ancient Greek chorus in shaping public opinion the way the controllers wish it to be.

So definitely a top movie, that won't disappoint. It is a wake-up call to question one's own reality and to whether one is just a machine playing out a script written by someone else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One great Show- 4 1/2stars! March 11 2009
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
In another of my retro reviews,I thought I would return to one of Jim Carrey's best performances in The Truman Show.
By now everyone knows the story of Truman Burbank(Jim Carrey) and his life which is viewed by people worldwide 24/7/365.There has been a live feed of him since his birth and the audience has viewed him at most every waking and sleeping moment he has had.He lives in a carefully controlled micro and macro environment.Everyone from his parents to his closest friends to his teachers are all fake;fake in the sense that they are all actors portraying certain parts in Truman's life.The entire city he lives in(Seahaven)is in a protective bubble and everything from the weather to the traffic to the changing of the days is controlled from the outside.Controlling every last detail of this vast project,and ultimately Truman's life,is Christof(Ed Harris).Beside's the enormous responsibility of Trumans' life,he has the TV network and it's ratings to figure into the overall equation.It is quite the balancing act.
Now at age 30 Truman starts to suspect something is just not right.He sees a man that he swears is his "father" who is suddenly whisked away.A set light drops from the sky onto the road in front of his house.He is detecting patterns in everything from his neighbours,to traffic to his place of employment.His curiosity and testing of his suspicions start to throw the perfectly choreographed world Christof has created off the comfortable perch it has been on for so long;and he and his staff are having a hard time keeping up trying to predict what he will do next.
Truman knows he MUST get away from the city by any means he can.He must escape and by escaping hopefully find the answers he seeks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
This story is an amusing puzzle. What is really going on here? Jim Carrey is in his usual fine form as a zany actor playing a zany role. What a story! Read more
Published 12 months ago by George Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
I sometimes wonder if it's happening to me. I can almost feel someone reading this review. Good job in acting and the story doesn't really stall. Read more
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Published on Dec 16 2010 by Jimbo Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and thought provoking movie!
A really interesting movie which follows the life of a man named Truman Burbank, played by Jim Carey. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2007 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a must see movie
This is a very powerful movie. I have never been a big fan of Jim Carrey, but in this movie he is great and plays the character with much sensitivity apart from humor. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2007 by Aeneas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a must see movie
This is a very powerful movie. I have never been a big fan of Jim Carrey, but in this movie he is great and plays the character with much sensitivity apart from humor. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2007 by Aeneas
2.0 out of 5 stars My expectations were too high
I really like Jim Carey and the word of mouth about this movie was very good. It sounded like such an interesting premise. I watched it and was not entertained.
Published on July 16 2004 by J. Keeton
5.0 out of 5 stars 1984, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, Truman Show!
Who would have thought that 'The Truman Show' would be entered among the great literary and movie classics ever made. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's view of the fall of man
It amazes me that so few people notice that this is a religious allegory. Sure, on the surface this is about how the media have invaded every square inch of our lives, and it is a... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Luis M. Luque
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