It’s been more than 2 decades since the release of this movie, but the story told in it has actually proved to be a pretty accurate prediction of our future.
In the 1998 film The Truman Show, the lead role was played by renowned actor Jim Carrey.
The duration of this science fiction comedy film is only 103 minutes but it covers many topics like our relationship with media and TV, control of our lives by big companies etc.
The film was unique in the 1990s but still feels relevant today as social media has merged private and public life.
The film also creates the idea of questioning one’s own life within the viewer while also giving an indication of how people’s lives are monitored in the present era.
The story of the film revolves around Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) who is a happy insurance salesman.
But he gradually realizes that not everything is right in his life but a lot is artificial and he tries to find out about it.
As a result, he discovers that his life is actually part of a 27-hour reality show and that there are thousands of hidden cameras around him that broadcast his every moment to a worldwide audience.
After Truman was born, the director of the show chose him and built a huge set based on an island where he lives.
In this set, the director has control over every aspect of Truman’s life, even the weather.
As the show approaches its 30th anniversary, Truman becomes aware of paranormal elements such as a spotlight falling from the sky in front of his house while a radio channel narrates his movements.
Thus he finds out that he is actually living in a big studio where cameras are installed everywhere and all his friends and people around him are actually the actors of the world’s most popular TV series, and this TV The series is The Truman Show.
What Truman does after the truth is known and how he extricates himself from this artificial world is all to be seen, which would spoil the story here.
Some interesting facts related to the film
The movie is interesting but there are some other facts related to the movie which will be interesting to know.
Jim Carrey accepted an offer of $12 million instead of the usual $20 million for the film.
The production of the film had to be halted for a year so that Jim Carrey could finish work on his other film, Liar Liar.
An interesting fact is that Jim Carrey and Ed Harris, who played the role of the director, never met during the shooting of the film.
The film’s release also influenced experts in the medical world, and a psychiatric disorder is now called the Truman Show Delusion.
The character of Jim Carrey was originally written for a young man, but the story was changed after Jim Carrey was cast.
Paramount, the studio that financed the film, called it the most expensive art film of all time and thought it unlikely to succeed.
This is why the story of the film was changed 16 times after which the studio expressed satisfaction.