So, anyone care to place bets on the first network to
actually do this?
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank
Ed Harris as Christof
Music by Philip Glass
Written by Andrew Niccol
Directed by Peter Wier
Complete cast and crew info at The
Truman Burbank’s entire life is a reality show, and he’s the
who doesn’t know it.
When this was first released in 1998, it was considered
sci-fi by a
lot of people for the same reasons The Running
Man was; at
some ambiguous point in the near future, society would
the film provides the social commentary. Well, the future
here seems far more realistic now than it did five years
Survivor, The Amazing Race, or
At the time this was released, MTV’s The Real
World was the
only “reality” show on television.
“That one’s for free.” A nice touch to let the viewers know
Jim Carrey didn’t start out normal enough. The first
meeting with his
neighbours felt like Truman was performing, but he was just
to be living. Other things Carrey did, like kicking the radio
his right foot while driving, just aren’t the things that Truman
should have been doing at that stage of things. Going
over the top
later in the movie is expected, and it works then, but he
started out at a much mellower stage.
The originality of this film is hurt by the
EdTV, an extremely similarly themed movie
that had to have
been filmed simultaneously, given the similarity in release
haven’t seen EdTV, but I understand that there
significant differences in the details beyond the “a man’s
broadcast on TV” concept. If not for EdTV, it
pretty original for a movie. I give it 4 out of 6.
The effects were effectively used most of the
camera fogging effects kept the right tone, and the
the world was plausible. My only quibble is in turning the
a spotlight, but that’s a script problem, not an effects
give it 5 out of 6.
The story is well written. The pieces add up,
exception: I’m not convinced Truman could have gone to a
elementary school. There are just too many kids there to
they’d all be able to keep the secret. Once you move past
it works rather well. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting from Jim Carrey only works for half
the movie, as
mentioned above. That’s just not good enough given the
his role. I give it 3 out of 6.
The emotional response this produced was
this in mind: I hate reality shows. The ones on
right now seem designed in such a way that the worst
humanity are the ones that get rewarded. The best
the ones that win these shows. Thus, the kind of
malevolance inflicted on Truman seems pretty plausible to
me. This is
where reality shows could very easily go. I really, really
see Truman realize the reality he’s been trapped in, and
escape. After Jim Carrey’s intial stumbling, it worked
well. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was excellent. The camera
exactly the right feel, the natural lighting fit in with the
the environments, and the Philip Glass score worked
Weir made an excellent movie. Heck, he made a Jim
Carrey movie I’m
willing to watch, and watch more than once; this is a rare
in itself. I give it 6 out of 6.
Overall, this movie is strongly recommended
to those who are
sick of reality TV and just want it to go away. I give it 5 out
In total, The Truman Show receives 33 out of