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The Truman Show
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01.19.2009 By: Sturdy
The Truman Show order
Director:
Peter Weir

Actors:
Jim Carrey
Ed Harris
Laura Linney

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man lives his entire life in a TV show unbeknownst to him. He is living the perfect life until one day he realizes heís being filmed. With his world turned upside down, heís confronted with the choice of living a perfect, controlled life, or going out in the real world.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THE TRUMAN SHOW was the turning point in Jim Carreyís career and it will always be known as that to me. Just when I was getting used to him talking out of his ass (literally), he turns around and does a drama. I remember seeing this at the theaters and not being sure what to think about him. Of course, that ended up being funny after he joked about it at the MTV movie awards. However, the fact remained that people really didnít know what to think of him in a drama.

Probably, what confused people was just how great he was in the film and how good the movie actually is. But apart from Jim Carrey, the film actually raises a lot of questions about the moral implications of TV and its impact on our society. They of course use an extreme example, but the fact remains that the life depicted on TV is highly fictionalized and thatís what more and more kids these days are growing up on.

As a movie, itís fascinating to watch the transition the character goes through as he starts to realize whatís going on. He goes from being overly happy and positive about everything to being nervous and worried about his life. Carrey manages to portray his character and every mood wonderfully and he avoided the pitfalls that a lesser actor might have fallen into.

Also, remember that this came out long before the reality TV craze hit America. It was a foreign idea to have TV cameras in every room and to follow someoneís every move. Today, many people live their lives on TV and shows like Big Brother and the Real World glamorize the voyeur-obsessed audiences. As we become more and more obsessed with the boring, mundane activities of regular people, weíre not so removed from the concept behind the Truman Show. But the prophecy-like script is just one of the many things that makes the TRUMAN SHOW such a fascinating film.
THE EXTRAS
Making of Truman Show (41:47)Most of the major players show up to talk about the film and how it came to be. Ironically, Jim Carrey doesnít show up at all, and what footage they do use is archive footage. However, Weir gives more than enough insight into everything, including the numerous drafts the script went through. Itís a good documentary, even without that much Carrey.

Deleted Scenes (13:09): These were unnecessary and would have been a distraction in the film, but it was interesting to see where they almost went with the film. The ideas in the scenes were more than explored in the film, so we didnít miss anything.

Faux Finishing (13:16): This is just a quick rundown into some of the visual effects used in the film. Obviously, the TRUMAN SHOW isnít an effects-driven film, so this focused on the efforts they went through to give the film itís look. I think this would have been better tacked on to the longer documentary, but itís still an okay feature.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Once again, this is a must-own for any collection, but itís probably not worth the Blu-ray upgrade since we donít get any additional special features. But if you donít already have it, then this edition is more than worth it.
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