Can a man truly find himself and the meaning of life by living in seclusion in the wildness? While it is true that "you not only have to be strong, but need to feel strong", and you may find that defining moment that empowers you to be you by living solely on your own, the answer is a resounding no, as evidenced by the ending of the movie. After all, a revelation without the chance of exercising it in life doesn't constitute a true revelation, and does not do anyone any good, including oneself.
Cristof—the creator and director, Trueman—trueman, Seahaven—the studio,
all of who were fake, only except Trueman. 1.7 billion were there for
his birth. 220 countries tuned in for his first step. The world stood
still for his stolen kiss. The TV series were took by the vicinity of
5000 cameras and were watched by all around the world 24 hours a day,
7days a week. Trueman was just living in the world which Cristof set for
After my first view of this movie, I was really encouraged by Trueman’s will and effort. In my opinion, Trueman was a ambitious and adventurous man. When he was young, he wanted to be an explorer. As the days went by, he was a thirty-year-old man. He gradually found something in circle around him and that it seemed that he was in control. And then he began to suspect everyone. Although everything around him was making him giddy, there was still a strong force for him to leave from Seahaven. It was his first love—Sylvia who lived in the true world. For love and dream, Trueman was desperated to leave Seahaven no matter how hard the condition Cristof set to prevent him from escaping. And I think that’s the trueman who we should be.
However, when I watched it for the second time, something new came to my mind. In stead of cheer, more of what I felt was fear. I just wondered why the people could so much enjoy in watching Trueman’s life and why Cristof directed this TV show. In my point of view, it was just for fun that people enjoyed it and it was only to meet people’s satisfaction that Christof created it. When I heard the words ‘As he grew, so did the technology.’, I was extremely scared about human ’s lust. If the lust increased, someone would try to achieve it. And as the following, the technology would be developed. The more human lust increase, the faster the technology will be developed, the more frightening our world will be. Maybe nowadays, our fate is not only created by God, but also by technology.
May the light shine upon you。And another thing is that when Cristof told Sylvia that the world, the place she lived in, was a sick place. Seahaven was the way the world should be, I was deeply shocked and nearly persuaded by Cristof, as well as when I saw Trueman was stepping out of the EXIT, Cristof talked to him that there was no more truth out there than there was in the world he created for Trueman, and in Seahaven, there was nothing to fear. To come back to earth, exactly there is something evil and fake that deceits us in our life. What Cristof said was really something. If Trueman stays in Seahaven, he could live in a peaceful and happy life. Thus, Trueman was as afraid as I do firstly. Nevertheless, he made up his mind to say good bye to the audiences and stepped out of the EXIT ultimately.
Having seen the movie twice, I imaged that if I was Trueman, what my choice would be. And the answer is that I would do as he did. Why? Because I am a trueman and I am the creator of my life.
Interestingly, this aftn i got a phone call from a friend and we accidentally chitchat about some real abstract crap, which somehow overlaps with the movie i watched this evening..
She asked, "What do you think job means to you?"
I said, "That depends which answer you want to hear, diplomatic one or the honest one."
She said, "How about both"
I said, "Well, as for the diplomatic, i can brag about it for days, saying that how my job significantly makes others' life safer and happier."
and I said, "and as for the honest answer, I have to say, job is simply something to kill up the chunky amount of time that i don't know yet where to allocate. And of course, it earns you a paycheck. "
Back to the movie, I have to say, I was impressed. Particularly when it went to the part Ryan let go of all his guards and all the BS "backpack" theory, panting like a happy dog on Alex doorstep and just about to commit. However reality brutally set in and he got a real nasty kick between his crotches…
On surface, the director tangled with 2 things in this movie: career & family. And behind this camouflage, he is actually attempting two deeper themes: commitment & purpose of life.
Sacking people isn’t anything nicer than being sacked. All those future-dream crap apart, it’s truly a wake-up-call and I believe it works both ways. For Ryan, each time is reinforcement on his notion that “travel light, travel fast”. And for the unfortunate laid-off employees, it not only strips them off financially, but also forces an empty hole into their life. They are wondering, “What am I gonna do tmr morning when I wake up.”
A lost sense of PURPOSE.
But honestly, does work REALLY provide life with a well-founded purpose? Bringing home bread and milk for the wife and kids is really something life is all about? Or some self-deceiving idea that your work somehow can truly make this world a better place? Do you really buy in all these notions?
And then about Commitment.
Do people really marry for love? I doubt it and I believe the director doubt it too, which speaks loudly when Ryan’s brother-in-law-to-be got a cold feet on the wedding. He thinks A LOT. Marriage, two kids, kids grows up, college, married, he become grandpa and he dies… when life is put into that timeframe, marriage does seem meaningless. Smart Ryan did make a great point there though. He pointed out that when that future-husband is dreading about all the upcoming meaningless, commitment, in one of those bumps of life, marriage can guarantee you a COMPANY smoothing you through. And you won’t feel like fighting a lonely battle.
Conclusion drawn here. People don’t marry for love. People marry for a committed company, because life is just too unbearably LONELY. All the sacred LOVE pitch is nothing but a romanced byproduct of human’s eternal fear for loneliness.
Life is full of illusions. Love or dream, family or work, they’re all fabricated by human itself, to give themselves a little reassurance that their life is NOT a waste.
But ultimately, people DIES, A-L-O-N-E. .
However, the young antagonist does make a point. What more thrusting ways a point can be made than giving up one's own life? His journey of discovering the truth in life in more about protesting the society we lives in than a young man's pursuit of his mecca. Interestingly, it is the people he meets along the way, not his own destiny, that provides the best answer of his question: the simple, kind, people who offer him plenty of company, guidance, and heart-warmth. In that, the movie does provide a memorable line: "When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God's light will shine upon you". And our young hero finally realizes that "happiness only real when shared".