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truman_NP
(_(
"_"
true-man_NN
"_"
)_)
burbank_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
perfect_JJ
name_NN
for_IN
jim_NP
carrey_NP
's_POS
character_NN
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
president_NN
truman_NP
was_BEDZ
an_DT
unassuming_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
became_VBD
known_VBN
worldwide_RB
,_,
in_IN
spite_NN
of_IN
(_(
or_CC
was_BEDZ
it_PP
because_CS
of_IN
)_)
his_PP$
stature_NN
._.
"_"
truman_NP
"_"
also_RB
recalls_VBZ
an_DT
era_NN
of_IN
plenty_PN
following_JJ
a_NN
grim_JJ
war_NN
,_,
an_DT
era_NN
when_CS
planned_VBN
communities_NNS
built_VBN
by_IN
government_NN
scientists_NNS
promised_VBD
an_DT
idyllic_JJ
life_NN
for_IN
americans_NNS
._.
and_CC
burbank_NP
,_,
california_NP
,_,
brings_VBZ
to_IN
mind_NN
the_DT
tonight_RB
show_VB
and_CC
the_DT
home_NN
of_IN
nbc_NP
._.
if_CS
hollywood_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
world_NN
,_,
burbank_NP
is_BEZ
,_,
or_CC
was_BEDZ
,_,
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
tv_NN
's_POS
world_NN
,_,
the_DT
world_NN
where_CS
our_PP$
protagonist_NN
lives_NNS
._.
combine_VB
all_PDT
these_DT
names_NNS
and_CC
concepts_NNS
into_IN
"_"
truman_NP
burbank_NP
,_,
"_"
and_CC
you_PP
get_VB
something_PN
that_CS
well_RB
describes_VBZ
him_PP
and_CC
his_PP$
artificial_JJ
world_NN
._.
truman_NP
leads_VBZ
the_DT
perfect_JJ
life_NN
._.
his_PP$
town_NN
,_,
his_PP$
car_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
wife_NN
are_BER
picture_NN
perfect_JJ
._.
his_PP$
idea_NN
of_IN
reality_NN
comes_VBZ
under_IN
attack_NN
one_CD
day_NN
when_CS
a_DT
studio_NN
light_NN
falls_VBZ
from_IN
the_DT
sky_NN
._.
the_DT
radio_NN
explains_VBZ
that_CS
an_DT
overflying_NN
airplane_NN
started_VBD
coming_VBG
apart_RB
._.
._.
._.
but_NP
then_RB
why_WRB
would_MD
an_DT
airplane_NN
be_BE
carrying_VBG
a_DT
studio_NN
light_NN
?_?
the_DT
next_OD
day_NN
during_IN
the_DT
drive_NN
to_IN
work_NN
,_,
the_DT
radio_NN
jams_NNS
and_CC
he_PP
starts_VBZ
picking_VBG
up_RP
a_DT
voice_NN
that_CS
exactly_RB
describes_VBZ
his_PP$
movements_NNS
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
so_RB
distracted_VBN
that_CS
he_PP
nearly_RB
hits_VBZ
a_DT
pedestrian_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
radio_NN
comes_VBZ
back_RP
to_IN
normal_JJ
,_,
the_DT
announcer_NN
warns_VBZ
listeners_NNS
to_IN
drive_NN
carefully_RB
._.
his_PP$
suspicion_NN
aroused_VBN
,_,
he_PP
wanders_VBZ
around_IN
the_DT
town_NN
square_NN
looking_VBG
for_IN
other_JJ
oddities_NNS
._.
the_DT
world_NN
appears_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
functioning_NN
properly_RB
until_CS
he_PP
enters_VBZ
an_DT
office_NN
building_NN
and_CC
tries_VBZ
to_TO
take_VB
the_DT
elevator_NN
._.
the_DT
elevator_NN
doors_NNS
open_JJ
up_IN
on_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
lounge_NN
with_IN
people_NN
on_IN
coffee_NN
breaks_NNS
._.
a_DT
grip_NN
sees_VBZ
truman_NP
him_PP
and_VB
quickly_RB
moves_NNS
a_NN
paneled_VBD
door_NN
,_,
made_VBN
to_IN
look_NN
like_IN
the_DT
back_NN
of_IN
an_DT
elevator_NN
,_,
into_IN
place_NN
._.
two_CD
security_NN
guards_NNS
grab_VB
him_PP
and_CC
throw_VB
him_PP
out_RP
._.
truman_NP
is_BEZ
really_RB
suspicious_JJ
now_RB
._.
it_PP
gets_VBZ
even_RB
worse_JJR
the_DT
next_OD
day_NN
when_CS
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
a_DT
nurse_NN
,_,
describes_VBZ
an_DT
elevator_NN
accident_NN
in_IN
the_DT
building_NN
where_CS
he_PP
saw_VBD
the_DT
lounge_NN
._.
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
best_JJS
not_XNOT
to_TO
think_VB
about_IN
it_PP
,_,
"_"
she_PP
says_VBZ
,_,
trying_VBG
vainly_RB
to_IN
change_NN
truman_NP
's_POS
memory_NN
._.
truman_NP
becomes_VBZ
determined_JJ
to_IN
see_NN
who_WP
or_CC
what_WDT
is_BEZ
behind_IN
this_DT
apparently_RB
elaborate_JJ
hoax_???
at_IN
his_PP$
expense_NN
._.
at_IN
every_DT
turn_NN
he_PP
is_BEZ
stopped_VBN
by_IN
an_DT
amazing_JJ
coincidence_NN
that_CS
just_RB
happens_VBZ
to_IN
keep_NN
him_PP
in_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
little_JJ
town_NN
._.
his_PP$
last_OD
hope_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
quell_VB
his_PP$
fear_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ocean_NN
and_CC
sail_VB
to_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
._.
you_PP
know_VB
by_IN
now_RB
that_DT
truman_NP
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
subject_NN
of_IN
a_DT
television_NN
program_NN
._.
his_PP$
actions_NNS
are_BER
"_"
real_JJ
"_"
but_CC
everything_PN
else_RB
is_BEZ
carefully_RB
scripted_VBN
,_,
from_IN
the_DT
death_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
to_IN
the_DT
choice_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
._.
truman_NP
is_BEZ
determined_VBN
to_IN
find_VB
out_RP
what_WDT
the_DT
big_JJ
hoax_???
is_BEZ
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
christof_???
,_,
the_DT
all-seeing_NN
creator_NN
of_IN
truman_NP
's_POS
world_NN
does_DOZ
his_PP$
best_JJS
to_TO
keep_VB
him_PP
unaware_JJ
and_CC
happy_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
sort_NN
of_IN
like_IN
westworld_NN
told_VBD
from_IN
the_DT
robots_NNS
'_"
point_NN
of_IN
view_NN
,_,
or_CC
jurassic_JJ
park_NN
from_IN
the_DT
dinosaurs_NNS
'_"
point_NN
of_IN
view_NN
._.
we_PP
root_NN
for_IN
the_DT
captive_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cage-world_NN
._.
our_PP$
protagonist_NN
is_BEZ
counting_VBG
on_IN
"_"
chaos_NN
theory_NN
"_"
to_IN
help_NN
him_PP
escape_VB
his_PP$
elaborate_JJ
trap_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
written_VBN
by_IN
andrew_NP
niccol_NN
(_(
writer_NN
/_SYM
director_NN
of_IN
gattaca_NP
)_)
,_,
introduces_VBZ
some_DT
interesting_JJ
questions_NNS
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
the_DT
ethics_NN
of_IN
subjecting_VBG
a_DT
person_NN
to_IN
this_DT
type_NN
of_IN
life_NN
,_,
or_CC
the_DT
psychological_JJ
impact_NN
of_IN
learning_NN
that_CS
your_PP$
entire_JJ
life_NN
has_HVZ
all_PDT
been_BEN
fake_JJ
._.
although_CS
these_DT
questions_NNS
came_VBD
to_TO
mind_VB
,_,
i_PP
don't_DO
think_VB
the_DT
film_NN
itself_PPX
asked_VBD
them_PP
._.
it_PP
certainly_RB
didn't_DOD
address_VB
them_PP
or_CC
try_VB
to_IN
answer_NN
them_PP
._.
i_PP
was_BEDZ
particularly_RB
disappointed_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
didn't_DOD
deal_VB
more_DT
with_IN
the_DT
trauma_NN
of_IN
learning_NN
one_CD
's_BEZ
life_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
tv_NN
show_VB
._.
carrey_NP
's_POS
performance_NN
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
showed_VBD
a_DT
smidgen_NN
of_IN
truman_NP
's_POS
pain_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
almost_RB
felt_VBD
that_DT
he_PP
got_VBD
over_IN
it_PP
too_RB
easily_RB
for_IN
the_DT
sake_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
pacing_VBG
._.
earlier_RBR
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
i_PP
found_VBD
myself_PPX
wondering_VBG
if_CS
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
better_JJR
for_IN
truman_NP
to_IN
find_NN
out_RP
the_DT
truth_NN
or_CC
whether_CS
i_PP
should_MD
root_NN
for_IN
him_PP
to_IN
be_BE
well_JJ
._.
the_DT
two_CD
seemed_VBD
exclusive_JJ
of_IN
one_CD
another_DT
,_,
but_CC
weir_NP
and_CC
niccol_NN
didn't_DOD
see_VB
it_PP
that_CS
way_NN
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
fair_JJ
to_TO
criticize_VB
a_DT
movie_NN
for_IN
what_WDT
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
seems_VBZ
like_IN
there_RB
were_BED
some_DT
missed_VBD
opportunities_NNS
here_RB
._.
but_CC
on_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
terms_NNS
,_,
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
well_RB
made_VBN
._.
sight_NN
,_,
sound_NN
and_CC
pacing_VBG
are_BER
all_PDT
handled_VBN
competently_JJ
._.
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
truman_NP
show_NN
._.
the_DT
scenes_NNS
are_BER
all_PDT
apparently_RB
shot_VBN
from_IN
hidden_JJ
cameras_NNS
,_,
with_IN
snoots_NNS
and_CC
obstructions_NNS
covering_VBG
the_DT
corners_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
one_CD
hidden_JJ
camera_NN
is_BEZ
apparently_RB
in_IN
his_PP$
car_NN
radio_NN
,_,
the_DT
green_JJ
led_VBD
numbers_NNS
obscuring_VBG
the_DT
lower_JJR
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
the_DT
music_NN
is_BEZ
well-chosen_JJ
and_CC
scored_VBD
._.
the_DT
film_NN
opens_VBZ
with_IN
what_WDT
sounds_NNS
like_IN
family_NN
drama_NN
theme_NN
music_NN
,_,
when_CS
truman_NP
's_POS
world_NN
is_BEZ
still_RB
beautiful_JJ
and_CC
perfect_JJ
._.
when_CS
the_DT
movie_NN
ends_NNS
,_,
the_DT
score_NN
sounds_NNS
more_DT
like_IN
a_DT
frantic_JJ
,_,
driven_VBN
,_,
tangerine_JJ
dream_NN
opus_???
,_,
while_CS
still_RB
keeping_VBG
the_DT
same_DT
timbre_NN
._.
philip_NP
glass_NN
'_"
epic_NN
music_NN
(_(
from_IN
powaqqatsi_???
)_)
permeates_VBZ
truman_NP
's_POS
scenes_NNS
of_IN
suspicion_NN
and_CC
awakening_NN
._.
(_)
glass_NN
has_HVZ
a_DT
small_JJ
cameo_???
as_CS
a_DT
keyboardist_NN
for_IN
the_DT
show_NN
._.
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
pacing_VBG
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
was_BEDZ
brisk_JJ
._.
there_EX
was_BEDZ
no_DT
unnecessarily_RB
long_JJ
setup_???
explaining_VBG
the_DT
concept_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
truman_NP
show_NN
,_,
just_RB
a_DT
few_DT
quick_JJ
title_NN
cards_NNS
,_,
a_DT
few_DT
interviews_NNS
,_,
and_CC
then_RB
right_JJ
into_IN
the_DT
show_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
scenes_NNS
is_BEZ
of_IN
the_DT
studio_NN
light_NN
falling_VBG
;_;
there_RB
was_BEDZ
no_DT
token_NN
scene_NN
of_IN
truman_NP
's_POS
idyllic_JJ
life_NN
before_IN
it_PP
falls_VBZ
apart_RB
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
wasn't_BEDZ
necessary_JJ
,_,
we_PP
pick_VB
up_RP
the_DT
story_NN
at_IN
the_DT
first_OD
sign_NN
of_IN
trouble_NN
,_,
and_CC
no_DT
sooner_RBR
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
also_RB
no_DT
point_NN
in_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
where_CS
the_DT
plot_NN
slows_NNS
down_IN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
quick_JJ
,_,
straight_RB
shot_NN
to_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
end_NN
._.
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
overall_JJ
quality_NN
,_,
i_PP
would_MD
compare_VB
the_DT
truman_NP
show_NN
to_IN
niccol_NN
's_POS
gattaca_NP
._.
both_RB
films_NNS
are_BER
well_RB
made_VBN
with_IN
interesting_JJ
stories_NNS
set_VB
in_IN
interesting_JJ
worlds_NNS
._.
but_CC
neither_RB
film_NN
really_RB
felt_VBD
like_IN
it_PP
capitalized_VBD
on_IN
all_PDT
the_DT
great_JJ
ideas_NNS
;_;
neither_RB
film_NN
"_"
clicked_VBD
"_"
and_VB
became_VBD
an_DT
instant_NN
classic_JJ
._.
nevertheless_RB
,_,
i_PP
look_VB
forward_RB
to_IN
niccol_NN
's_POS
next_OD
film_NN
,_,
whatever_WDT
it_PP
may_MD
be_BE
._.