History Film / TheTrumanShow

29th Mar '18 7:43:34 AM Joylock
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* AbusiveParents: The woman playing Truman's mom, considering she has ''manipulated'' him his entire life into staying in town. Christof is technically Truman's real adoptive father, and he's kept him prisoner all his life, under the claim of trying to protect him, [[spoiler: which loses all credibility when he tries to kill Truman when he tries to escape]].

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* AbusiveParents: The woman playing Truman's mom, considering she has ''manipulated'' him his entire life into staying in town. Christof is technically Truman's real legal adoptive father, and he's kept him prisoner all his life, under the claim of trying to protect him, [[spoiler: which loses all credibility when he tries to kill Truman when he tries to escape]].
3rd Mar '18 6:12:19 PM ReturnedYetAgain
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Out of the many different reactions to the film, "[[CueIrony what a good idea]]" seemed to top the list, at least with television executives. ''Truman'' came out in 1998, the first series of ''Series/BigBrother'' debuted in 1999, and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' premiered in 2000. Those initial "reality" shows seemed like a shocking idea at the time -- but the people in charge ended up on the right side of history (RealityTelevision of all kinds has captured a huge portion of the television viewing audience). On the other hand, the people in those shows ''volunteer''. (Usually.)

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Out of the many different reactions to the film, "[[CueIrony what a good idea]]" seemed to top the list, at least with television executives. ''Truman'' came out in 1998, the first series of ''Series/BigBrother'' debuted in 1999, and ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' premiered in 2000. Those initial "reality" shows seemed like a shocking idea at the time -- but the people in charge ended up on the right side of history (RealityTelevision of all kinds has captured a huge portion of the television viewing audience). On the other hand, the people in those shows ''volunteer''. (Usually.)
) Also in 2000 came ''VideoGame/TheSims'', which could also be described as "The Truman Show: The Video Game."
15th Feb '18 6:19:48 PM DustSnitch
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* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: When Christof sends a man-made storm to try to capsize Truman's boat, his bosses get hit by the realization first, telling Christof to stop, lest his actions turn to murder. At first, Christof defends himself by saying Truman was born on live television, implying that Truman is subhuman. When he realizes that Truman won't stop, he finally gives in, ending the storm and letting him go.]]

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* HeavenAbove: The massive control room where Christoff manages the entire world Truman knows is located in the sky, covered by a fake sun during the day and a fake moon during the night. This is one of many elements that makes it clear Christoff is [[AGodAmI usurping God's role]] in controlling so much of Truman's reality. In case the association is too subtle, [[spoiler:the movie ends with Truman talking to Christoff, "the creator," by looking straight into the sunny sky.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Christof sends a man-made storm to try to capsize Truman's boat, his bosses get hit by the realization first, telling Christof to stop, lest his actions turn to murder. At first, Christof defends himself by saying Truman was born on live television, implying that Truman is subhuman. When he realizes that Truman won't stop, he finally gives in, ending the storm and letting him go.]]
13th Feb '18 2:22:13 PM erforce
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-->-- The film's tagline.

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-->-- The '''The film's tagline.
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-->Think about how many laws have to not exist in that universe for this show to happen. It's apparently legal for a person or corporation to imprison a person, as long as you feed him. It's legal to film and record someone without his knowledge. It's legal to defraud a person out of literally ''every possible thing he could have in his life,'' from a real marriage to a real career. If it can be done to Truman, it can be done to anyone, including you. It's as much an "anything goes" society as ''TheRoadWarrior.''

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-->Think about how many laws have to not exist in that universe for this show to happen. It's apparently legal for a person or corporation to imprison a person, as long as you feed him. It's legal to film and record someone without his knowledge. It's legal to defraud a person out of literally ''every possible thing he could have in his life,'' from a real marriage to a real career. If it can be done to Truman, it can be done to anyone, including you. It's as much an "anything goes" society as ''TheRoadWarrior.''[[Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior The Road Warrior]].''
4th Feb '18 10:15:45 AM dieseldragons
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* HumansAreBastards: Christof claims the whole world is watching Truman and love him, because unlike Seahaven or its people, he's real and inspires them. This is a cruel subversion, as it doesn't stop the vast majority of the network's viewers [[spoiler: switching over to another channel to see what else is on to watch after Truman escapes penniless, and potentially friendless (if not for Sylvia) into the real-world.]]
2nd Feb '18 6:36:49 PM ILoveDogs
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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: They created a self-contained biodome that perfectly mimics weather and sky. Alas, it's the only one in existence ("Along with the Great Wall of China the only man-made object visible from space")...and it's used for a TV show. Especially since the show's been running for 30 years, meaning this was in place back in 1968. Can you imagine how many wealthy people would be lining up to have their own private climate-controlled dome over their mansion?

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: They created a self-contained biodome that perfectly mimics weather and sky. Alas, it's the only one in existence ("Along with the Great Wall of China the only man-made object visible from space")...and it's used for a TV show. Especially since the show's been running for 30 years, meaning this was in place back in 1968. Can you imagine how many wealthy people would be lining up to have their own private climate-controlled dome over their mansion?mansion? Although considering the scope of ''The Truman Show'', it's entirely possible that other domes exist on a smaller scale.
26th Jan '18 1:06:24 PM dieseldragons
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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: In a symbolic sense, since Truman has no knowledge he's the star on a 24/7 television set [[TrumanShowPlot he's forbidden to know about or leave]], he's fighting against an all-powerful force/entity and its angels [[GodIsEvil that wants to keep him there]]. Unaware its [[TheManBehindTheCurtain a human director and his crew]]. Going go far as to [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter call its bluff]]. The ultimate snub takes place when Truman rejects his creator's 'creation', for the void of nothingness, the great unknown, beyond the exit door.
17th Dec '17 5:30:23 PM lorgskyegon
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Cristof brings Truman's father back to life, causing him to lose his fear of water and sail to freedom the day.
13th Dec '17 11:44:42 PM IndyRevolution
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** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape.]] He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it.]] [[FridgeBrilliance It goes to show how]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance little]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance anyone understands Truman like they think they do]][[EpicFail that the don't immediately pick up on this.]]

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** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape.]] He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it.]] [[FridgeBrilliance It goes to show how]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance little]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance anyone understands Truman like they think they do]][[EpicFail do]] [[EpicFail that the they don't immediately pick up on this.]]
13th Dec '17 11:44:22 PM IndyRevolution
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** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape.]] He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it.]] [[FridgeBrilliance It goes to show how]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance little]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance anyone understands Truman like they think they do.]]

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** Another case is Truman himself during the last iteration of his daily routine [[spoiler: before his escape.]] He's pretty clearly going through the motions so as to not tip anyone off that he's [[spoiler: about to make a break for it.]] [[FridgeBrilliance It goes to show how]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance little]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance anyone understands Truman like they think they do.do]][[EpicFail that the don't immediately pick up on this.]]
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