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In 1988, John Carpenter’s They Live hit theaters; though definitely one of The Master’s lesser-celebrated films, it’s nonetheless amassed a huge cult following, lauded for being decades ahead of its time. 10 years later, a budding Jim Carrey starred in The Truman Show, a satirical meta-comedy about the (then-new) “Reality” TV trend.
While one is a horror movie and the other a dramedy with sci-fi undertones, the folks at CineFix have released a video explaining how the films are, essentially, the same. Obviously, the stories differ greatly, but thematically, both explore how media is used to manipulate the masses with subliminal messages; both films feature protagonists on a journey to peer “behind the curtain”, so to speak.
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Official Synopsis: Here on CineFix we love it when movies you wouldn’t think are the same turn out to TOTALLY be the same. John Carpenter’s cult classic about consumerism and Peter Weir’s reality show commentary both feature subliminal messages, beer commercials and a main character that slowly begins to see behind the curtain. So it’s time to see what WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper has in common with Jim Carrey!
Official Synopsis: Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.
Official Synopsis: He doesn’t know it, but everything in Truman Burbank’s (Jim Carrey) life is part of a massive TV set. Executive producer Christof (Ed Harris) orchestrates “The Truman Show,” a live broadcast of Truman’s every move captured by hidden cameras. Cristof tries to control Truman’s mind, even removing his true love, Sylvia (Natascha McElhone), from the show and replacing her with Meryl (Laura Linney). As Truman gradually discovers the truth, however, he must decide whether to act on it.