- The Truman Show -

 - By Bill Miller -

Worthy of NBC's Must See TV, "The Truman Show" is both entertaining and original.  A refreshing break from the current Hollywood trend of natural disasters and space odysseys, "The Truman Show" receives my personal rating of FOUR STARS.  Have you seen it?  Yes?  Then you know what I'm talking about.  

Rated PG, "The Truman Show" stars Jim Carrey ("Ace Ventura," "Dumb & Dumber," "Liar, Liar"), Laura Linney ("Absolute Power," "Primal Fear") and one of my favorites, Ed Harris ("Apollo 13," "The Rock").  Appropriate for all ages, "The Truman Show" should make most moviegoers' top 10 list for 1998.  Probably near the top.

"The Truman Show" is Australian director Peter Weir's best effort since "Dead Poets Society" in 1989.

Andrew Niccol is the mastermind behind this charming, original script.  He does an excellent job portraying the high demands of the media's microscope on a 'famous' individual.

The premier role of Truman Burbank is easily the best performance of Jim Carrey's career.  Yes, I'm a fan of Carrey's comic talents usually typified by his body contorting, slap-schtick behavior and outrageous antics.  "Dumb & Dumber" is a Carrey classic, but the dumb character of Lloyd Christmas is quite sophomoric.  "The Truman show," however, presents more of a challenge for Carrey and he shines with the overall humor being subtle and more sophisticated.

Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is an unassuming insurance salesman from the tiny island community of Seahaven.  He often has a suspicious feeling, as if he's being watched... 

He has no idea how right he is.

Tired of fake emotions offered by actors, the OmniCam Corporation adopted baby Truman and raised him on live television.  His entire life, hand crafted and carefully manipulated, had become the most popular documentary/soap opera in history.  Christof (pronounced Kris-toff, Ed Harris) is the God-like puppetmaster controlling Truman's life and directing the intricate network of over 5,000 hidden cameras.  The people of Seahaven, Truman's wife (Laura Linney), his best friend, even his mother -- all are paid actors.

What would happen if he figured it out?  Hmmm…

Yes, Truman, we're all watching your superb show.

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