“The Truman Show” is one of many go-to late 90’s classics. “The Truman Show” is a classic “social science fiction” film. Directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol in 1998, it is a masterfully written and carefully maneuvered film with an amazing cast and a thought-provoking message. The film follows the life of Truman Burbank (played by the one and only Jim Carrey), who is an average Joe from your average small town — with one major difference: Truman is unknowingly living in an artificial reality constructed for him by a major TV Network, who has been secretly broadcasting his life to millions of fans around the world since the day he was born.


Truman lives in “Seahaven,” which is an enormous dome so large that it can be seen from outer space. It is an artificial “habitat,” if you will, set up with thousands of actors and hundreds of cameras to preserve and capture every moment of Truman’s false existence. The entire dome spans miles from wall to wall and is meticulously controlled and massively orchestrated to be able to follow his every entertaining move.


Perpetually broadcast live for 24 hours a day for over 30 years, “The Truman Show,” (the popular TV show that follows his life), received a somewhat mixed response from viewers across America. Although most people enjoy watching the life of Truman — an admittedly lovable and entertaining TV character — unfold live in front of their very own eyes, a “vocal minority” speaks out against the show, seeing it as a cruel existence and a violation of privacy; Truman is committed to a life as a public spectacle, living in an artificial world without even realizing it. On the other hand, the show brings hope, joy, and inspiration to millions who you could say truly love and support him from afar.


This movie is visually and technically impressive; it is shot from many different types of cameras throughout the movie, staying true to the plot of the movie — which follows Truman’s every move throughout the day from a wide variety of hidden cameras, a difficult feat. Not only that, Carrey gives an outstanding and moving performance as the world-adored and quirky lead man in the show about his own life. The “show within a show” aspect of the film makes the viewer question his or her own reality and brings up many philosophical questions that leave you pondering about existence for days after.


What this writer is trying to say is “The Truman Show” is a mind-bending must-see movie. Have a happy Monday, and “in case I don’t see ya: good afternoon, good evening and good night.”


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