The Truman Show is the Realest Movie Ever Made. | Are we living in a matrix?
The Truman Show is a 1998 movie starring Jim Carey as Truman Burbank. (full plot summary)
Truman is your average, happy-go-lucky, working professional.
He’s just an ordinary guy… or so he thinks.
Slowly but surely Truman begins to put the pieces together and realize that life is not what it seems.
There are simply too many “coincidences” and everyone seems to act really strange around Truman.
It’s almost as if he is the center of attention and the entire world is focused on him.
This is precisely what’s going on because little does Truman know, his entire life is one big reality television show.
Everything is fake.
In fact, the entire community he lives in (Seahaven Island) is contained in a giant studio in Hollywood. Thus, Truman lives in a giant dome or zoo.
Everything is controlled, from the traffic to the news. Even the weather is controlled.
Here are 3 reasons why The Truman Show is the realest movie you will ever watch.
The goal of any propaganda is brainwash the masses into believing something so that they will act/behave according to a particular agenda.
With the case of The Truman Show, all of the propaganda is focused on only one individual, Truman.
The absolute worst scenario for any master is for the captive to look for a way out.
The ideal scenario is to have a completely ignorant captive, one who does not even know they are a captive.
That’s Truman’s situation for most of the movie, so that’s the agenda in the world of Truman Burbank.
Keep Truman happy within the comforts of home. Do everything possible to dissuade him from wanting to leave home.
So what do they do? They (the show’s creators) hammer Truman will propaganda. They are relentless.
When he watches a commercial or hears an advertisement on the radio, what is the underlying message?
Home is where the heart is.
Don’t go. Everything you need right here.
When Truman gets the itch to travel and possible leave Seahaven Island for good, what do you see on the walls of the travel agency?
You see posters with ridiculous propaganda all over the wall warning of all the dangers of travel.
You also see a poster with a plane getting struck by lighting with the tagline, “It could happen to YOU.”
2. There are endless obstacles if you want to leave the matrix. The biggest one is your own fear.
Truman’s world is governed by obstacles in order to prevent him from leaving.
Propaganda is the first line of defense.
His wife, best friend, and family are the second line of defense because they also reinforce this “there’s no place like home” message.
Even the weather, which I will talk about later on in the article, serve as a line of defense within The Truman Show matrix.
However, the most powerful obstacle Truman must overcome is his own fear, specifically his fear of the water.
The show’s creator ran his own psyop when Truman was a young boy by killing off his father. His character was killed off by drowning in a storm out on the water.
This conditioned Truman to have a long lasting fear of the water.
As a result, up until the events of this movie, Truman was conditioned to just stay on the island.
3. The human spirit can conquer anything.
At the end of the movie, Truman conquers his fear of the water by leaving Seahaven Island in a small sailboat.
In a desperate attempt to prevent Truman from leaving (and finding out the truth), the show’s creator hits Truman with a severe storm and rough waters.
But Truman refuses to give up. He screams up at the heavens, mocking the creator: “Is this the best you’ve got?!! You’re gonna have to kill me!”
Eventually, the creator gives up and realizes that he cannot keep Truman contained any longer.
He calms the storm and eventually Truman finds the end of this world (studio).
After listening to the creator’s reasoning to stay, Truman makes the conscious decision to leave and enter the real world.
The Truman Show is just a movie but then again it might be more true than you think.
It was a major hit at the box office. I wouldn’t put it past Hollywood to shove these underlying truths right in our faces.
This is for the frogs who refuse to boil, the elephants who refuse to be tied down, and the owls who lurk in darkness. I see you.