8:00 PM, 6th March, 1999
Jim Carrey plays Truman Burbank, who lives an idealistic life in a tranquil seaside town. But what Truman does not realise is that he is being watched every moment of his life: his entire life is beamed around the planet on TV's "Truman Show". Every aspect of Truman's life is controlled by Christof (Ed Harris) and everyone Truman knows is really an actor, whose words to him are lines fed to them from on high. Truman begins to suspect something when stage lights begin to fall from the sky, when his wife appears to be promoting products to people he cannot see and when certain events in his life occur with alarming regularity and precision. But is he just going crazy?
Questioning the reality with which we are presented is one of the central themes of this smart and funny movie. The fact that this sort of philosophical question can be raised in a Hollywood movie that was commercially successful in the mainstream is a tribute to the film's brilliance; The Truman Show works on a number of levels. There are some wonderful pieces of satire and some very funny scenes, but you'll also leave the theatre with a lot to think about.
Carrey plays Truman adeptly, despite the fears of critics and fans alike that his over-the-top style would not be suitable for this story. In fact, he is relatively reserved, and keeps his facial contortions to a minimum. Laura Linney is wonderful as Truman's wife Meryl, grinning maniacally and pushing the sponsors' products despite Truman's mounting confusion. But the movie does not rest on its actors or even its premise alone the storyline was interesting and the direction excellent. These factors add up to make a truly worthwhile film one that is enjoyable and also stimulating. The Truman Show is one of the few movies of recent times that actually deserved some of the hype surrounding its release.
10:00 PM, 6th March, 1999
Dylan and Jez are con men with a dream. Dylan (Dan Futterman) is a charming American expatriate and Jez (Stuart Townsend) is an English techno-geek. Both grown-up orphans, they join forces to scam money from affluent fish' in a bid to realise enough money to buy their dream house. Georgie (Kate Beckinsale) is a secretary hired to help with one of their scams selling voice-recognition technology. Both Dylan and Jez fall for her, but she isn't all she appears to be, and it seems they aren't the only ones trying to pull off a scam or two.
Futterman and Townsend are likeable as the love-struck con men, and Beckinsale is delightful in the role of Georgie. Stephen Shwartz's light-hearted romantic romp is upbeat, entertaining, and downright fun!