In Philosophy we started watching The Truman Show, a 1998 film with Jim Carrey, and I really don't have words that do it justice. For anyone who hasn't seen it, it's essentially about the reality television show of Truman Burbank, who's played by Jim Carrey. However, Truman doesn't know his entire life is a television show that is broadcasted live 24/7 around the world. He was "the first baby every adopted by a corporation."Everyone around him, including his wife, are actors. His hometown is a set built under a arcological dome that is completely controlled by the producers, and is so huge it "can be seen from space." It's kind of like inception. It's a world within a world. The only one who doesn't know, however, is Truman.
While the show is a monumental success (they literally incorporate product advertisements into Truman's everyday conversations), some people see how frankly messed up it is. While defending the show, the creator Christof states, "If he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there's no way we could prevent him. I think what distresses you is that, ultimately, Truman prefers his cell." After this scene Father Millican asked what this made us think of and right away Plato's Allegory of the Cave came to mind. After realizing how the world he lives in revolves around him, Truman attempts to discover what is going on (we haven't finished watching, so I'm not sure if he does). However, after the producers thwart his original attempts to discover the truth, he becomes discouraged and thinks he is the crazy one.
This movie is very much a modernized version of Allegory of the Cave. Truman struggles to make the decision between remaining in his ignorant bliss (in the cave) or discovering the truth (venture into the light). I am just in awe of this film.