Movie Review 2007 #158: The Truman Show

The movie that showed me that Jim Carrey could really act. Also starring Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and Ed Harris (as Christof) Directed by Peter Weir.


I didn’t like Carrey much as an actor before this movie, which I bought into and hard. Its an intriguing premise that derives from a lot of science fiction, including more than a dollop of Phil K Dick. Carrey plays Truman Burbank, married insurance salesman, who has no idea that his entire live is a 24 hour a day TV show. When things start going wrong, he begins to question his existence and what really is going on.
Carrey shows a range of emotions and styles from comedy to drama in his role as Burbank. Ed Harris is perfectly cast as Christof, the man egotistical enough to turn someone’s life, from birth into a television show. The other performances are good too.
And I love the soundtrack. I have a weakness for Philip Glass and there are a number of pieces by him in the soundtrack, which, as you might expect, I also own.
One of my favorites.

One thought on “Movie Review 2007 #158: The Truman Show”

  1. I think I didn’t like it for the same reasons I dislike most “reality TV.” I find the premise hard to believe.

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