The Truman Show (1998)
Director: Peter Weir
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Although I have never been a huge fan of Jim Carrey, I truly find this film one of his greatest works. He portrays Truman Burbank, a man that has lived his whole life in a giant dome in Hollywood, being the unsuspecting start of The Truman Show, a 24hour live reality show. From his birth, Truman has been recorded and showed on TV without him having the smallest idea. The purpose of this reality show is to present a truly real live emotion and feeling, thus making the reality show a reality. But on the 30th anniversary of the show, strange things start to happen and for the first time Truman starts to realize that some things are not in order. Thus starts a ride that could set him free.
As I said earlier, I am no fan of Jim Carrey. But the way he plays the clueless man, lost inside his own world is magnificent. The whole idea of the film is to show how rotten the human nature is. how people love to see and know every detail of a persons life. Being raised your whole life in the spotlight, without any privacy or decency is just a way of showing everything that is wrong with modern society. And although the movie was released almost 20 years ago, it is funny how it is more accurate in this day, than it was back then. With modern technology, privacy has become even more hard to have. Smartphones, social media and all that have robbed the individual of almost every bit of privacy. All in the name of entertainment.