The Truman Show

1998 PG 1hr 42m

Director: Peter Weir

Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show," a 24-hour-a-day TV phenomenon that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. When Truman discovers that his life is a sham for public consumption, he makes a desperate escape bid.

The Truman Show aired on Netflix Instant yesterday. The script is extremely well written, and, along with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, features the best performance of Jim Carrey’s career.

Part of what makes the film so enjoyable is that Truman Burbank is a good guy – honest and likable. You find yourself rooting for him, the underdog with a naive moral superiority, and rooting against the society that has exploited his good nature. The movie is an apt reflection of today’s culture. Why are we a nation enamored with “reality” TV? Is the ability to do something, like engineering genetics, justification enough for action? There are plenty of questions the film asks, and the only answer it provides the enduring strength of Truman’s humanity.

I rate this film 8.2 / 10

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