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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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
The first time I watched "The Truman Show" I had a tough time getting past the reverential critical reaction hyping the film. Nary a discouraging word was said by those honoured scribes, and until I saw the movie, I believed them. Sadly, no film could live up to such lofty praise, and "The Truman Show" was no exception. I felt disappointed by its imperfection. Until I saw the film again recently, that is, clear of the hype. My reaction to it was much different this time. It's a very good -- thought not great -- film.
The major problem I have with "The Truman Show" is that it gives up its secret too early. A much more suspenseful movie could have been made if the audience, along with the protagonist, were kept in the dark longer. The sense of discovery these two entities could have shared would be staggering, the ultimate revelation of the man behind the curtain. I understand why the movie didn't go this way. I understand why director Peter Weir, a sensible sort, didn't want his movie to be about a gimmick (oh what a gimmick it would have been!). He was aiming for a bigger metaphor, and I think he hit it just perfectly.
The town/studio that the filmmakers have created is a wonder to behold. Self-contained, it's designed to both steer Truman along his daily path, so that the camera can catch the product placements which are the sole source of the show's revenue, and to psychologically torment him, so that he'll never ever think of leaving. It's a town filled with little flourishes that only the discerning viewer will catch. Did you notice that the garbage can his neighbour is always carrying has an eyehole? It's just one touch, unexplained throughout that film's first half that contributed to the flawless tapestry of the town.
The film is structured wonderfully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining Oct. 5 2013
By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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! Perhaps all of us feel this way at one time or another. Boxed in, same old, same old life. We live out the story of Truman's life with him. Everything is predictable. Nothing is spontaneous. Watch this fascinating movie and cheer for freedom in the end. Very entertaining. Well worth watching.
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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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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 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
Published 16 months ago by Semu
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Pacing
This is one of the very best movies of the 90s, and an extremely efficient movie at just over 1 1/2 hours. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2010 by Jimbo Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars One great Show- 4 1/2stars!
In another of my retro reviews,I thought I would return to one of Jim Carrey's best performances in The Truman Show. Read more
Published on March 11 2009 by Robert Badgley
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 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
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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