The Truman Show
The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical science fiction film; directed by Peter Weir, produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, and Adam Schroeder, and written by Niccol. The film stars Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, adopted and raised by a corporation inside a simulated television show revolving around his life, until he discovers it and decides to escape; additional roles are provided by Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Ed Harris, and Brian Delate.
Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, all his friends and people around him are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. Until one day... he finds out everything.
Why It Rocks
- The story is interesting and thought-provoking.
- The acting performances are amazing, especially from Jim Carrey.
- It is entertaining to see the story unfold.
- The ending was powerful and emotional, seeing Truman conquer his fear of the ocean.
- This movie showed that Jim Carrey had the ability to be great in other movie genres besides comedy.
- The film makes fun of how movies and TV shows have excessive amounts of product placement, as seen with the Mococoa scene.
The Only Bad Quality
- While unintentionally, the film led to the establishment of "The Truman Show delusion", a delusional disorder in which a person believes that his/her life is a staged reality show or he/she is being watched by cameras, thus giving the film's title a somewhat not so good reputation, though it should be noted that the concept itself predates the film as the film itself was inspired by BTSW episode "Special Service" and Philip K. Dick's novel Time Out of Joint.
The Truman Show received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 94%, based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. It also has a rating of 8.1 on IMDB. Roger Ebert also gave the film a perfect 4/4 stars, because of its right balance of comedy and drama. Ebert also compared the film to Forrest Gump.
- After watching Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, another movie Jim Carrey starred in, and giving it such a low rating, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert said Carrey would never make it into an acting career. Then when they watched The Truman Show, they gave Jim Carrey a public apology.