The Truman Show

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My review of the movie/film from 1998, from historical perspective of what I have witnessed for the past 17 years.

Film Review

"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." The Truman show (1998), a Peter Weir film.

I imagine myself a bit like Northern Exposure’s "Chris in the morning" (did he gaze at dawn also?) doing this review, so imagine I am reading this to you over the radio whilst you butter your morning bagel and sip your coffee. The Truman Show was a show truly ahead of its time: 17 years ago is almost time for a human to grow to full adult maturity. Just as we now know now post-Snowden that NSA monitors our every conversation, our every email, and our every post, that FaceBook “requires” our GPS coordinates every time we post on social media. Obama wanted every American particularly homeless to have cell phones…with GPS chips? Why? For the same reason soldiers and Emergency room cases are given RFID chips without their knowledge? We are the current “True Man” show, on the internet, just as Truman is being watched 24/7 even when he sleeps, by regular people all over the world that consider him to be their day's entertainment or the only thing that is “real” about reality.

The 30 year ongoing reality show, several years before FaceBook portends our current era of “transparency,” but for whom and at what expense? In the first scene the hero is jumped by a dog named Pluto. From 1930 on, Mickey Mouse had a dog named Pluto. Clue: our hero lives in an invented world, like Mickey. Next, we see the light fixture fall out of a black helicopter and the fixture is labeled "Sirius/9 Cannis" a clue about our origins? Still, our hero at this point suspects nothing. He visits the news stand, featuring "Dog Fancy" magazine, of course, we can’t have our hero reading real news. Media is censored for him. Message so far: we live in a surreal cartoon world connected with a place called Sirius. Seriously? The audience, fearing that it too, lives in a cartoon world, craves reality and meaning. The hero’s journey has begun. Let us examine the parallels between this 17 year old movie and the past 17 years of American history: Truman and his buddy discuss Fiji, while sitting, ironically, at the end of the road (Page Figi, in 2014, was the last straw for cannabis prohibition). Legal cannabis==>disclosure of lies===>death of GMO? One can only pray so.

Back to our hero. He sits gazing at the half full moon remembering how he watched his father drown. We now have the first part of Joseph Campbell's hero's journey. Our hero seeks more than anything else to go as far away as possible from "home," Fiji for starters, we later find out why Fiji, representing the path not taken. Our hero's nemesis is the fear of drowning like his father drowned. Our hero’s challenge: will Truman overcome his fear of drowning and his need for safety to discover something new? Unexplored territory?

In the half-light, the yin and the yang of it lead him to stand up. It rains, but only on him. He runs away from the rain and for a few brief moments, he's dry. He's outrun the weather. Look up geoengineering and also "why in the world are they spraying?", that posted in 2013. Keep in mind, this film was made 17 years ago. What was Peter Weir trying to tell us 17 years ago?

Having outrun the weather, the true man with newly inspired courage, a flash of thunder (Barak, in Hebrew) and lightening, rushes home to tell wifey who is a clone of Lucille Ball, of his newly hatched plan. Eight, number of transformation, August and the association between “august” and wise. Caesar was of the Julii, seven, this is one step past Caesar. Truman tells wifey, "If we can scrape together eight thousand" is that the price of freedom? He does not say dollars. Eight thousand what? Eight thousand enlightened souls? Eight thousand hits a day? Eight thousand Buddhas? Of course, wifey, who is paid to shoot him down, does so. If fear is the nemesis, woman is depicted as assistant nemesis, the human voice of the snake as depicted by the current version of the genesis story in the Judeo-Christian bible.

Next, the true man sees his dad as he is: an unemployed actor, who wandered onto the set. When their eyes meet, Truman asks, "dad?" then runs after him whilst men in black swoop in to whisk him away, because of course, they are all actors and Truman has never met his biological parents. The segue is a German dog, a Dachshund, off leash. The pet is without the master. Will the slave free himself too?

Another possible message: when man discovers his true place in the cosmos he seeks to become the writer and director of his own life and other men try to prevent this from happening. Men in black. Men with black helicopters. Men who play God. Who wear black. Who hide out in secret locations. Truman tells “mom” he saw “dad.” Mom looks strangely like a cross between Lucille Ball, Nancy Regan (who was also an actress before she became First Lady) and Queen Elizabeth the First. Mom displays a large oil painting of herself over her mantle, a testament to her service to self/ego. Not surprisingly, Truman's “mother” does not believe in him either. I am in good company then. This selfish woman proclaims, "It’s about time they cleaned up the trash...." google FEMA camps for homeless, and new "ugly laws" being passed to make it a crime to beg or to feed homeless circa 2015. We see a poster that says, "Have you bought enough insurance?" listing the top four dangers of 17 years ago: 1. terrorists, 2. disease, 3. wild animals, 4. street gangs. This before Al Qaeda, ISIS, Ebola and Ferguson, MO, before Arab Spring. Were all these historical events also staged?

Every time our hero starts to connect more dots a woman, (his mother, his wife, a nurse) openly questions his sanity. He is lovingly but persistently patronized. He must be "feeling upset" if he is thinking too much. That could be a dangerous habit, thinking.

At exactly halfway through the film, Truman begins to confront his fear of drowning, he puts wifey's hands on the wheel at the beginning of the bridge and says, "Drive." Thirty Six minutes before the end, we see “God,” the writer of the film within the film, who tells us the lesson, Christ-of (Andy Warhol? Howard Hughes? George Soros?), from his secret base on the moon says, "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." The Matrix, which revisited this theme, came out in 1999. Since then, many shows have asked the same question in a variety of ways. Christof then “explains” to Sylvia, who is a Lois-Lane/Cinderella type with big soulful eyes that cannot tell a lie that Truman's life is normal and hers is not. He openly questions what is real, the set or "reality." Then he tells her that if Truman were really determined to know the truth, nobody could stop him, not even "the company" that owns him and which has kept him within the veil for 30 years, his whole life so far. The company decides what's real and what's not. Those that question it are immediately labeled as "feeling sick" or being "mentally ill," more corporate “reality” designed and written by corporations to place products such as Prozac ™, Paxil™, Zoloft™, Ritalin™, and Viagra™. Are these pills creating a "new normal?" which is, in essence abnormal? Is this “new normal” a place devoid of ethical considerations?

This is what wiki says about Tweedledum and Tweedledee: "The characters are perhaps best known from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There (1871). Carroll, having introduced two fat little men named Tweedledum and Tweedledee, quotes the nursery rhyme, which the two brothers then go on to enact. They agree to have a battle, but never have one. When they see a monstrous black crow swooping down, they take to their heels. The Tweedle brothers never contradict each other, even when one of them, according to the rhyme, "agrees to have a battle." Rather, they complement each other's words. This fact has led Tenniel to assume that they are twins, and Gardner goes so far as to claim that Carroll intended them to be enantiomorphs — three-dimensional mirror images."

Enantiomorphs. The twins appear every so often in many a hero's journey including this again remind us, perhaps, that everything we perceive, including our bodies, perhaps, is a three dimensional image, and we each have a mirror image ... somewhere else. In a parallel universe somewhere, perhaps, beyond the familiar visible known world.

Truman's "final exam" is a geo-engineered storm controlled by computers and Christ-of's staff. Not exactly Noah's flood, but perhaps a personal flood, just for Truman. He passes. What does not kill him made him stronger, he conquers his fear. Millions of “followers” world-wide (internet?) watching him (YouTube? Security Cameras? Traffic Cams?) sigh a collective sigh of relief. If Truman can escape the illusion, any man can. Truman becomes a world-wide hero, in a few minutes, by overcoming his worst nightmare. His quest for truth was worth it. Only one man is disappointed: the engineer of this “show,” which is now over.


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author avatar Rev. Abby Jo
I am an ordained minister in my 50s. My ministry is online. I practice meaningful written dialogue, truth in all things. Ascending beyond past. I will be here regardless of pay.

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