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Friday, 15 March 2013

#217 - 'The Truman Show' (1998)

"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." - Christof.
Ever get the feeling you're being watched? Truman Burbank lives an ordinary life in the quaint town of Seahaven. Unbeknownst to him. he is the star of the world famous reality TV show called 'The Truman Show'. Seahaven is in fact the world's largest studio littered with hidden cameras and its inhabitants are all, in fact, actors. Including his wife. Truman's life, all the way from from birth, has been controlled by the creator, Christof. Some strange things begin to happen to Truman and he begins to crack up. Will he discover the true nature of his entire life?
"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"
The concept of this film is great. There are several ways to keep Truman on the island, the main one being his  fear of water. Having expressed interest in being an explorer whilst at school, the creator had to try and combat this. This was orchestrated by the apparent drowning of his father whilst out on a boat with Truman. As Seahaven is surrounded by water, there is no way out. As well as this, his 'friends' and 'family' encourage the idea of keeping life simple and staying in his close knit community.
The production of 'The Truman Show' is aided through the use of product placement within the show. Some of it is subtle and some of it isn't. The posters in the background change alongside Truman's daily routine and the cameras are placed so they all get airtime. When Truman's wife Meryl returns from grocery shopping she shows off her new purchase, delivering her lines directly at the hidden camera.
"Hi, honey! Look what I got free at the checkout. It's a "Chef's Pal". It's a dicer, grater, peeler, all in one. Never needs sharpening, dishwasher safe!"
Jim Carrey is excellent and it is hard to imagine anyone else playing Truman and this film being as successful and universally liked as it is. One slight issue I would raise is the quite spoilerific DVD cover I own that shows the final scene on the front!

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