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January 17, 2018
Jim Carrey gives a magnificent performance and the movie is still timeless.
December 18, 2017
Puntaje Original: 8.0

Simplemente sorprendente, un magnífico trabajo de Peter Weir que nos lleva a una historia original, divertida, con una magnífica trama acompañada de un excelente Jim Carrey, y una magnífica actuación de Ed Harris, que te hará cuestionar tu realidad por un buen tiempo.
½ December 2, 2017
A story concept ahead of its time. This movie probably inspired the wave of reality TV shows that have inundated us since then.

Carrey plays a dramatic character first with flickers of comedic Carrey second. I was pleasantly surprised by Carrey gravitas, probably even more for audiences when it first came out. 

The set design and costumes are picturesque of a tube tv commercial which adds a layer of ironic suspicion to the whole storyline. They do outvertly advertise in the show which is a cleaver add on. 
This movie teeters on mystery/thriller which is unexpected. This mystery keeps the audience engaged and tight next to Carrey as he unravels it.

A must watch for Carrey fans.
November 27, 2017
Clever movie. Great idea and well put together. Great acting and ideas. Carrey was good.
½ November 24, 2017
Probably Carrey's greatest performance. The ending leaves you to come to your own conclusions.
October 19, 2017
One of my most beloved movies of all time.
October 12, 2017
one of the best movie ever
½ October 12, 2017
Great movie, jim carrey gives us one of the best performances in his career, completely recomendable
½ October 11, 2017
An incredible film. Despite some flaws in the story (why would the director do X instead of Y), the idea behind it is quite thought thought-provoking. The film even touches on the notion of free will in the midst of a total institution.
½ October 10, 2017
Finally got to see this. As noted many times by many reviewers, this is basically a what-if scenario, extremely well played out, of a man's discovery that his entire life in a storybook coastal village has been the focus of a 24 hour "womb to tomb" television channel. The film is interestingly well balanced in terms of humour, bizarreness, drama & seriousness. It also consists of many themes, among them, the all-pervasiveness of the celebrity culture and its concomitant absence of privacy for the affected celebrity - and especially, arguably the over-arching theme of individual responsibility and freedom and its attendant risks versus the tried and true and their attendant security and lack of freedom and risk. Not only excellent acting, but also a well crafted script. Not merely entertainment, but also thought provoking and fodder for interesting conversations about significant topics.
October 9, 2017
Good Morning, and In Case I Don't See Ya, Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Goodnight! (The Truman Show 1998)
"The world, the place you live in, is the sick place. Seahaven is the way the world should be". Combining cinematic masterminds behind films such as Dead Poets Society and GATTACA, Peter Weir and Andrew Niccol have managed to create one of the most thought provoking yet entertaining films to date. The Truman Show follows the life of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), a normal man living in the seemingly normal New England town of Seahaven. But unbeknownst to Truman, Seahaven is the world's largest reality TV set, filming 24 hours a day to an audience of billions. Being the first human legally adopted by a corporation, Truman has never known anything but the grotesquely perfect world of Seahaven, and is prevented from ever leaving it. The show director, Christof (Ed Harris) captivates the "mad-creative type" perfectly, controlling everything about Truman, from the people that appear (or disappear) in his life, to the sun that rises in the sky each morning.
Truman's desire to escape his reality is driven by his wish to find his long-lost love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone) that he met in college. After an exciting school dance, the two ran away together to a beach for some privacy. It was then that Sylvia tried to tell Truman that the world he is living in is in fact not real and that she was an actor. Everything, from the sand on the beach to the ever-expanding ocean is all artificial. But before she can reveal too much, Christof sends her "dad", to drive down the beach and grab Sylvia, telling Truman that they are going to Fiji and never coming back.
Since his night with Sylvia, Truman becomes more cognizant of the world he lives in. The once pristine and happy Seahaven is now a cheerful prison, and Jim Carrey plays a very great prisoner. His quirkiness lightens the tone of what's really happening; a man is stuck in the world's largest TV set and everyone is in on it except him.
While Jim Carrey does an outstanding job playing Truman, his wife in the movie, Meryl (Laura Linney), plays the part of the "50's housewife" just right, wanting a quiet life in the suburbs with children. Another character, Noah Emmerich, who plays Truman's best friend, successfully creates this closeness dynamic with Truman that looks almost surreal. But after Truman asks if Emmerich is lying to him about the world, Emmerich manages to capture this look in his eyes that says, "I want to tell you the truth but Christof will kill me".
After his decision to escape by sea, Christof is forced to play is final card to keep Truman in Seahaven. He unleashes a chaotic storm knocking Truman off his boat, into the water. But Truman's persistence keeps Christof from going further and killing him on live TV. The dramatic music suddenly falls silent and as Truman reaches the horizon, he crashes through the TV set (literally breaking through the fourth wall). The build up to Truman's escape and his final parting of his world makes this movie always enjoyable to watch and watch again.
Aside from the plot, Weir's clever use of camera angles makes the film even more entertaining. Because of the nature of the movie, the viewer sees the world through the "5000" secret cameras hidden in places like trees or in car mirrors. It creates that quality of intimacy that comes along with prying into someone's life that ordinary camera angles just could not achieve. Another aspect to the show is its use of music during Truman's life. The music ranges from cheerful to gloomy, and is played live in the show, depending on the atmosphere Christof is trying to create. If it were not for the music and the camera angles, the Truman show would not be the most watched show in history.
It may be considered a feel-good family movie, there is a deeper meaning behind the film. The Truman show was created at a time when reality TV and social media began to consume people's lives. The idea that every feeling, thought and reaction of Truman's was real, all the while living in an artificial world only adds to the irony of it being considered a "reality TV show". The progression of Truman's journey to reality is a guide for the viewers to do the same, yet after Truman's escape, the transmission ends leaving the dedicated viewers saying, "what else is on TV?" only adding to the absurdity of the movie.
Although Jim Carrey is generally known for his goofy and sometimes child-like humor, the balance between comedy and seriousness in this movie is impeccable. Due to its uniqueness and depth, this movie deserves 4 stars, always leaving the viewer wanting another episode of the Truman show.
½ October 7, 2017
An instant classic. A movie which featured Jim Carey at his prime and great casting throughout.
October 1, 2017
The Truman Show is one of the best psychological thrillers because of its concept, choice of actors, filming and script. As I watched this movie I was blown away by how interesting it actually was. I find psychology incredibly interesting so this movie was great to me. The entire concept of this movie is about a man, Truman, who has spent his whole life growing up on a "movie set". His parents aren't his real parents, his lovers aren't his real lovers and his house isn't his own house. Yet, he has no idea that these people around him are all actresses and he's living in a fake world. The real outside world is watching through hidden cameras placed everywhere on this movie set that he calls his life. His entire life, Truman is being watched 24/7 and the outside world watches him as a reality TV show. Every move he makes, every emotion he feels and everything he sees and experiences is purely for the outside world's entertainment. The reason he was placed in this fake world, purely for entertainment, was because he was chosen from an unwanted pregnancy. There were six unwanted pregnancies and he was the first born, so he was the first chosen by the corporation producing the Truman Show.
I really enjoyed watching Jim Carrey play Truman because as Truman began to experience signs that he was living in this fake world, it kind of turned into comedy. I love watching Jim Carrey because he never fails to make people laugh. He's done a ton of comedies including Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and many others. Carrey accepted this role even though he was getting paid 8 million less than what he usually gets paid for films. I'm glad he did though because I can't imagine the movie with anyone other than him playing the face of Truman. Jim Carrey tends to do a lot of improvising on set, which is exactly what he did during this movie. He didn't agree with some of the parts of the scripts and he would change things he did and said last minute as they were filming.
Obviously as I was watching this movie I couldn't help but notice how it was filmed. I really enjoyed how this film other than the fact that it takes a while to understand what is going on in the movie. Many people may get half way through the movie and finally come to the realization that his whole life is being filmed as a reality tv show. However, it's also really intriguing how it is filmed. It's filmed in the perspective of hidden cameras. The angles are different than "normal" movies and a corporation logo appears in the corner of the screen in most scenes of the movie. This really showed how he was being filmed without him knowing. It gave the movie more of a reality tv show feeling than a formal movie which makes situations that happen more shocking.
The script is very well written in my opinion because it makes you feel every core emotion. You laugh, you feel sad for him, you get angry at how they treat him and you feel excited for him. As the movie starts out he has no idea he's being filmed, however as the movie goes on he begins to realize and pick up on peculiar things that are happening to him. Characters in the movie start to feel sorry for him and try and warn him that he's being played. He starts to pick up on all these clues and try to figure out how he can overcome his fear of the water to potentially escape. The only way out of this TV set is to escape past the water, but unfortunately for him he has developed a strong fear for water. When he was younger, his "father" died in the water so he's never tried to travel past it. This was their way of putting fear in his head so he would never want to escape this tv set if he ever found out about what was going on. He eventually has the courage to get through the water on a boat which leads him to the door to exit the TV set.
This movie provided such a thrill factor that I haven't seen in many other movies before. Watching him experience his situations and get past them is exactly why I believe it is one of the best psychological thrillers that exists.
October 1, 2017
Grazie Trapani per il futuro per avermi permesso di spuntare un altro film dalla mia lista!
½ September 30, 2017
The first time when my mind got blown away just before Fight Club.
½ September 25, 2017
Always like coming back to this every couple of years or so. What ironic about this movie now a days is that this movie came before all those reality shows Such as survivor and big brother. Jim Carrey is wonderful as the oblivious hero who's being recorded 24 hours a day.
September 4, 2017
A interesting idea that is pulled off very well. Jim Carrey is amazing as always. An idea that might make you think a little bit about reality.
August 28, 2017
Absolutely awesome. Jim Carreys masterpiece. If I don't see ya good afternoon good evening and goodnight.
August 17, 2017
Prescient as a panoptic satire of our omnipresent technocracy, the deeper lesson of "The Truman Show" is not how the ideological fiction of reality can be crafted through our media-as the more popular, less penetrating "Matrix" movies also highlight-but how that picture of reality functions even more subtly to interpolate and indoctrinate the viewer who perceives herself as outside the fiction. While Truman might be the star subject of his world, in the final analysis it is the show's viewers who are subjugated even more, learning the lessons of that reality-good Protestant work ethic, happy monogamous heterosexuality, and so on-without the hope of escape that Truman enjoys (an escape which in fact only confirms the closure and significance of his narrative).
August 13, 2017
It is rare for a concept this original and timely to be executed so nicely, and Carey provides so much life with the greatest performance of his career.
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