The Truman Show

The Truman Show


The Truman Show review

Film description

In a nutshell:

Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, the ignorant star of his own TV show.



On the air, unaware.


'We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented'


Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, an ordinary man, with an ordinary job, living an ordinary life. Or so it seems.

Truman is actually the ignorant star of his own television show, which is live on air, 24/7.

The film begins with a normal day in the life of Truman Burbank, in his home town of Seahaven, an island off the coast of America.

However, Seahaven is in fact an immense set, visible from space and situated in Hollywood; the sun, the sea water and the night sky are all manufactured.

But during The Truman Show’s 30th year on air, Truman begins to get suspicious, the first tell tale sign is a spotlight, falling from the sky and landing on the road in front of Truman’s house.

This, an artificial star presumably, is seemingly inexplicable; however his co-stars, who are aware of the Truman and the show, dismiss it without thought.

Soon enough Truman begins to question his incomprehensibly perfect habitat; ever since he was a child he has yearned to explore, and he makes plans to go to Fiji, because “it’s as far away as you can get before you start coming back”.

However, the only way off the island is by boat, and after watching his father drown at sea, Truman has to overcome his crippling fear of water if he ever wants to leave Seahaven.

Written by: Kieran Mallon

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
October 9th 1998
UK DVD release
April 3rd 2006
UK Blu-ray release
August 13th 2009

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