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The Truman Show

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) lives in the Twilight Zone.  He is the only resident of Seahaven who is not an actor.

Ed Harris plays Christof, the mastermind, creator, producer and director of The Truman Show, a real life TV production which displays every moment of Truman's life (with the exception of intimate, scenes to keep a PG rating).

This is the story of a young man who has been maneuvered throughout his life in a domed city that has been created for TV ratings.  He is in fact the adopted child of a TV network.

Time and a few mistakes by the technicians who operate Seahaven create a sense of doubt and reservation in Truman's mind about his mother (Holland Taylor) and his wife (Laura Linney).  In time, he begins to question everyone and everything.  The essence of the film questions Truman's life of ease and security and his sense of adventure and questioning of the status quo.

Carrey breaks new ground as a serious performer.  Linney is the most effective as the role-playing wife who can't stand Truman.  Natascha McElhone, who plays Lauren/Sylvia, the only live person who wants Truman freed and the only one Truman loves, has a small but pivotal and effective part.

The Truman Show constantly creates questions which lead to new ones.  The anxiety and curiosity it constructs build toward the conclusion and Truman's future.

The Truman Show is a change for Carrey, and it also brings emotion and a challenge for the human spirit to the summer screen.  Different stuff for the action filled season.

The Truman Show


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