In the 1998 film The Truman Show, Jim Carrey illustrated the versatility of his acting abilities above his comic ability. However, things aren't as they seem as Truman's whole life is being broadcast live on T.V., and everyone he thought was real, including his wife and best friend, are actually actors.
Inception is a masterful story that constantly asks questions about reality. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a thief involved in corporate espionage who can steal peoples dreams and uncover their secrets, as long as he can maintain his emotional past.
Ed Pekurny, a video store employee, has agreed to have his life recorded every day and broadcast on live television. However, the main difference between these films is that Ed auditions to be followed around with cameras 24 hours a day, weighing the worth of his true life beyond the screen. Jenna Elfman and Ellen DeGeneres are both excellent performances in this film.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
This science fiction picture stars Tom Cruise as David Aames, a rich playboy who seems to have everything he desires in life. His story is told in two timelines, one when he is imprisoned and recounting his tale to a police psychologist (Kurt Russell), and the other following his actual past. He is led to question the validity of what he remembers.
The Matrix (1999)
Neo (Keanu Reeves) seeks the counsel of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) in order to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Matrix. Like Truman, Neo must embark on a quest to overturn the falseness of his world and uncover what is beyond a mere perceived truth. See this excerpt from the film itself: No one can be certain what the Matrix is. You must see it for yourself.
A youngster named David (Tobey Maguire) avoids the monotony of his life by watching "Pleasantville," a 1950s television sitcom in which all the characters follow the same routine in their idyllic lives. As the opposing force, Bud and Mary Sue, are transported into the one-dimensional world by a strange remote.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Stranger Than Fiction is a moving story about Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) who discovers that he is the author of a tragic novel, which only Harold can hear, leading to humorous scenes as he attempts to find the appropriate source of the voice.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being John Malkovich is a quirky fantasy comedy starring John Cusack as Craig Schwartz, an aspiring puppeteer who discovers a portal that allows him to take over the body of legendary actor John Malkovich for brief moments. While The Truman Show may acknowledge to some extent the dangers of vicarious living through the consumption of reality television, this film takes a more hands-on approach and emphasizes self-fulfillment as Craig must learn to find fulfillment in his own life rather than someone else's.