The Truman Show Starring Jim Carrey

By: Patrick Hayes | Posted: 20th January 2011

Jim Carrey stars as Truman Burbank alongside Ed Harris (Christof) and Laura Linney (Meryl Burbank) in The Truman Show. The movie centers on Truman Burbank who is the star of his own reality TV series but the catch is that he doesn't know he is being filmed. Ever since Truman was a child his entire world has been broadcast on television for the worldwide audience to see. Truman is also unaware that the place he calls home is actually a movie studio that is completely enclosed by a dome. Everyone that Truman encounters, including his wife Meryl, are actors in his world and perform their parts each and every day.

The movie begins with Truman in his late 30s wanting desperately to explore the world outside of his familiar surroundings. The cast and crew of Truman's reality show work hard to convince him otherwise as the risk of Truman leaving the studio is too great. It doesn't take long before Truman begins to realize that there are motivations behind his friends and family not wanting him to leave. He also finds out that the city he lives in isn't as normal as he once thought. When he picks up a movie light that fell from the sky he begins to question everything, including the buildings in downtown not having interiors.

Truman eventually comes to the conclusion that his freedom is more important than his friends and families wishes for him to stay. The ending of this film is brilliant and I won't give it away but it is worth the wait.

The Truman Show represents an early depiction of where reality television will most likely go. The Truman Show was written by the talented Andrew Niccol (The Terminal, Gattaca) and was directed by Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society). Weir and Niccol were a great team putting together a film that will stand the test of time as a great story as well as a movie that makes you think.

The Truman Show received three Oscan nominations for Best Director (Peter Weir), Best actor in a supporting role (Ed Harris) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Andrew Niccol). Both Ed Harris and Jim Carrey were recognized with Golden Globes for their roles in the film.

If you are in search of one of the best Jim Carrey films that will entertain you and make you think check out The Truman Show. You can also learn more about the talented The Truman Show movie cast or find out more about the actor Jim Carrey.
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