New Reviews
Divergent
Django Unchained
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Les Misérables
Quartet
Chernobyl Diaries
The Cabin in the Woods
Balibo

The Truman Show (1998)

On the air. Unaware.

Directed by:

Peter Weir

Rating: 9/10

Running Time: 103 minutes

UK Certificate: 12

On DVD

Country: United States

Everything Truman Burbank does is witnessed by a global audience of millions. Whether he's eating, sleeping, heading off to work or visiting the little boys' room, the world is watching – and he doesn't even know it. At least, not at first.

Jim Carrey takes the title role in this marvellous thought-provoking slice of satire from director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol. Since birth, Truman has been brought up inside a giant Hollywood dome, inside of which is the made-for-TV town of Seahaven. Everyone he knows – his neighbours, his workmates, his parents, his wife, and even his best friend since childhood – are actors hired by media mogul Christof (Ed Harris) for the planet's biggest and most intricate one-man gawp-fest.

The trouble is, Truman gradually starts getting itchy feet. He wants to travel the world in search of his one true love Lauren (Natascha McElhone), an actress quickly pulled from the show for attempting to tell him the truth. And, when things start going wrong in Seahaven, such as giant pieces of production equipment falling from the sky and accidentally picking up a radio frequency describing his every movement, Truman finally begins to smell a particularly large rat. So he begins planning his escape – and not before time.

It's an exploration into the idea that we always accept the reality of our surroundings without question, and it's pulled off brilliantly. Carrey's performance is nothing spectacular, and at times he seems to struggle to keep his largely inappropriate “madcap” shtick out of the proceedings. He is, however, likeable in the role, and you can't help but feel for Truman as he slowly finds his whole concept of reality crumbling around his feet. Harris, meanwhile, is the perfect choice as the beret-wearing svengali whose own life has come to revolve around playing God.

The scary thing is that for us, the “Big Brother” generation, the notion of a 24-hour TV prisoner really isn't all that far-fetched. Perhaps the birth of a real Truman isn't as far into the future as we might like to think.

It's Got: Complete originality and a breath-taking concept. Its also extremely entertaining, which never hurts.

It Needs: More DVD extras! What exactly are we supposed to be paying for here?

DVD Extras Nothing but a couple of trailers. DVD Extras Rating: 1/10

Alternatives:

Man on the Moon, Nineteen Eighty Four, The Cable Guy

Summary

One of the most intelligent, mentally stimulating and memorable movies of the 90s. A must-see.

Database ERROR: Access denied for user ''@'localhost' (using password: NO)Database Error: Access denied for user ''@'localhost' (using password: NO)

18 Comments

  1. Posted August 31, 2009 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    This movie is great. It really does stimulate your mind and the concept is exceptionally breath taking. I think the ‘9/10’ is a well deserved rating for the film. Nice review!

  2. abhimanyu
    Posted December 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    i wished the movie would never end definatly 10/10, it will be great if they make another movie to show how truman lived life after that.

  3. Jamie
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    The truman show was BORING Low on effort i did’nt find it intresting at all i think it’s un-realistic

  4. Posted February 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I loved the movie

  5. Daniel
    Posted May 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    People want to see real emotions on the screen… the product placement works well… and everyone asks themselves “will he find out or not…?”…etc. In that respect, a great movie.
    But what about Truman being a prisoner. He can’t travel anywhere except Seahaven.(Mt Rushmore and everything else he had been to is fake. He can’t go anywhere…cause he is the “most known face on earth”)
    Isn’t that boring? It must be dull for him. No wonder he wants to break out. Also boring for the viewers. They can’t be that stupid not to notice that Truman’s basic instinct (that of free mobility – which animals also have) is being destroyed in the show. The movie seems to avoid this question. Why telling him of the wide and open world in the first place? Just an idea…

  6. Posted May 28, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I am Truman’s cameraman, but don’t mind – he’ll never come to know since I hhhhad a dream that HaI’m G..O..D him-self, toodamnd smart me is

  7. peng
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    this is the best movie i’ve ever seen, really.

  8. jack
    Posted July 16, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    loved the second half….

  9. courtney mancell
    Posted July 23, 2010 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    “The Truman show” was a great and interacting movie, exoploring issues of breaking free into the world. Through a number of camera angles, advertisments, and other techniques, we are able to identify the social, emotional and physical barriers, disenabeling Truman to break free of this trapped world and conform into the world as we know it, not a perfect well placed “set” of a world.
    The Godly like figgure, Christov, played an interesting character, being a major contributer to the holding down of truman in this created world he made for the world to view Truman through a tv screen.
    The fact that truman is much oblivious to his life, makes it an intersting piece of entertainment for the world, him being the only one not in on this ‘big joke’.
    Certain barriers within Sea haven like the bridge, the characters themselves and the set itself, dosent allow Truman to break free and conform into the world as “you only know the world you live in” Christov says, thinking that Truman will never become open to this lie he lives, but Trumans charactarisation is done so carefully that he is naturally a curious character as seen through his child-hood flashbacks of wanting to explore the world and go to the north pole.
    Through a number of set clues, Truman is able to finally identify the lie he has been living for the entirety of his life, encouraging him to break free of the barriers of commercial marketing and live his own life to find love, and truth in the world as seen through the entering of the door into the real world…and thats why The Truman Show is a great movie…

  10. brainman12342
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    as brainman12342 i am very familier with the aspects of the truman show. i am going to disagree with you jamie and state that this feature was very realistic. i attend many feature films

  11. brainman12342
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    truman = AMAZING!

  12. brainman12342
    Posted August 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    THS MOVIE WAS BABEN!!!

  13. urzlaan
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    movie likes men i still liked it

  14. Posted February 1, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    this is a verey goooooooooood film(the trum show) i liked it. this could be the film for you. 🙂

  15. Posted February 1, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    this is a very good film i liked you mite like it.;

  16. Jim
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    hry

  17. popo
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    idiots

  18. popo
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    idiots

Post a Comment

Your email is never shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*