Redefining Reality
The Truman Show
Review Review by Ross Anthony

Having good memories of this film from its 98 release, I purchased the "previously viewed" tape. Since I'd planned to screen another film that night, I expected to fast forward through Truman. To the contrary, I found myself glued, riveted, to this crisp film. It felt just as fresh the second time around.

This is clearly one of the decade's cleverest, most original pictures. Carrey is strong, but it's really the writing, and directing, and brilliant invention that keep the Truman Show fascinating.

Beyond its entertainment value; the production makes a wonderful little analogy for the rite of passage that each of us must traverse. Of course, Truman's plight would be an extreme case, but ultimately each one of us must find the courage to break through the world that our parents either intentionally or unintentionally built around us. How old were you when you realized that your parent's view of the world was not, in fact, The World? How old were you when you realized their perspectives were, in fact, squelching your own outlook into the world, despite their best wishes.

The film keeps a wonderful secret, which you will discover as Truman himself discovers it. If you're lucky enough to not know this secret, don't read the box when you rent it!


  • The Truman Show. Copyright © 1998.
  • Starring Jim Carrey Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone. Directed by Peter Weir .
  • Directed by Andrew Niccol.
  • Screenplay by Mark Schwahn, John Gatins. Inspired by the life of Ken Carter.
  • Produced by Scott Rudin, Andrew Ciccol, Edward S. Feldman, Adam Schroeder at Paramount.

Grade..........................A+ (4/4)

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