Review: The Truman Show (1998)
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Its about the story of a man who finds out that his life is actually a reality television show. When it was released in 1998, this film was truly ahead of its time and this film has stayed with us since we first watched it in theaters. It came out well before reality television shows started to dominate every channel. It also dealt with a variety of complex themes and issues dealing with religion, existentialism, simulated reality, media, metaphilophy, and reality television. Behind it all though, The Truman Show is really just a love story. Its about a man, named Truman, who falls in love with a woman that was mysteriously taken away and his relentless pursuit to find her again, which sounds a lot like The Adjustment Bureau (2011) but The Truman Show is WAY better. Along the way, Truman ends up finding out the truth of his world and the conspiracy revolving around his life. The resulting adventure is one that will stay with you as Truman goes on an epic journey and is ultimately forced to reconcile or reject his world and the truth of his existence. The movie is brilliant from beginning until end and it is still as relevant and interesting to watch today as it was when it was first released.
Please listen to our podcast (Episode 4; available on iTunes and PodOmatic) and YouTube channel for an in-depth review and discussion where we discuss and analyze some of our favorite scenes and talk about some of the re-occuring themes within The Truman Show!
Directed by Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language
Runtime: 103 min
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