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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Truman show?

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Callum Duffee 11 Bell What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Truman Show? As most people know by now, The Truman Show conveys a message by depicting a series of fateful events in the life of Truman Burbank, (played by Jim Carrey) who has grown up, and lives, in a fake town full of actors. The town is enclosed in a giant dome decked out with high-tech simulators of sun and sky, in which the rain and wind are controlled by the special effects department. Truman alone has no idea he is in a giant TV studio, as the rest of humanity watches him go from one staged situation to another in a nonstop telethon of reality programming. But in this "perfect" paradise, there inevitably appears a snake. After the crew makes mistakes that cause the seamlessness of the illusion to break down, Truman figures out that his surroundings are full of staged scenes and events. He then tries to make his escape, only to come up against both his own fears, which keep him from leaving, and the obstacles put in his way by the producer-director who has made billions trapping him in a stage and playing God with his life. In the beginning, 5 babies were born and the unlucky 1 was going to be picked and adopted by Christof. Christof has his own TV show which would show the baby's life, from beginning to end. Truman Burbank was born at the right time to be in the show. ...read more.


TV shows have been brought out, for example, Big Brother, where people know they are being watched by viewers all around the UK. At the beginning of the film, the opening scene is of Christof, talking to the camera, and he says this 'We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions' In Big Brother, some of the contestants fake their personality, hiding there true inner-selves because they want to be the winner of the reality show and win the prize money, when really, in true life, they're nothing like the fake person they were in the show. Going back to the film, Christof does mention this quote about Truman 'There's nothing fake about Truman himself' Hence why he is called Truman, because he is the only true man in the TV show, he is the only one who thinks he is living a true life, but instead, it is full of actors and he has a controlled life. The opening scenes of the film start of with Christof, then changes to Truman's wife, and then Marlon being interviewed about the show they act on and he says 'It's all true, it's all real, nothing here is fake, nothing you see on this show is fake, it's merely controlled' That quote is saying itself that Truman's life is controlled and everything that happens to him is all watched under the watchful eye of Christof. Like the Truman Show, cameras are all around the huge set of Seahaven, and if you imagined the fake world of Seahaven, and replaced it with the real life of London, you would see no difference. ...read more.


If they were not keen on the styles they had chosen for them that was pretty bad luck on them because everything is based on that particular era of style in that time. All clothes the men and women wear were smart. All the furniture would look old to us, but to them, a unique, and a nice touch to there home. Personally, if I was given the offer to work as an extra on the Truman show, I would not have taken it. 1950's style clothes and home furniture really doesn't appeal to me. I think the film was a real success. Newsweek said: 'The Truman Show is a miraculous movie'. The greatest strength of the film is when Truman's life starts to become stranger to him. As the film moves on, weird things start to happen to Truman which makes him think. For example, when he was driving to work one day listening to the radio, something goes wrong and he picks up a commentary of a man speaking about Truman and following his every move. Truman starts to discover the truth about where he is. In the end he makes a run for it, sailing out to the sea and hits the end, by then he finds out by Christof, the real truth. However I think the greatest weakness of the film is that Truman is found to be very gullible for how long they could have kept the show running. When electrical equipment fell from the sky or studio, Truman was tricked by the radio saying that an aeroplane had dropped some of its cargo. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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