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Gattaca (1997)

There Is No Gene For The Human Spirit.

Original Title : Gattaca
Director : Andrew Niccol
Writer : Andrew Niccol
Genre : Drama
Sci-Fi
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Danny DeVito , Georgia Kacandes , Joshua Levinson (II) , Michael Shamberg (I) , Stacey Sher
Music : Michael Nyman
Charlie Haden
Django Reinhardt
Photography : Slavomir Idziak
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0119177
Official site : http://www.spe.sony.com/Pictures/SonyMovies/movies/Gattaca/intro.html
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poster for "Gattaca" by Andrew Niccol (1997)
Gattaca (1997) - Andrew Niccol
 

Starring

Ethan Hawke Vincent Freeman
Uma Thurman Irene Cassini
Jude Law Jerome Eugene Morrow
Gore Vidal Director Josef
Xander Berkeley Dr. Lamar
Jayne Brook Marie Freeman
Elias Koteas Antonio Freeman
Elias Koteas Antonio Freeman
 

Plot

Vincent is one of the last "natural" babies born into a sterile, genetically-enhanced world, where life expectancy and disease likelihood are ascertained at birth. Myopic and due to die at 30, he has no chance of a career in a society that now discriminates against your genes, instead of your gender, race or religion. Going underground, he assumes the identity of Jerome, crippled in an accident, and achieves prominence in the Gattaca Corporation, where he is selected for his lifelong desire: a manned mission to Titan. Constantly passing gene tests by diligently using samples of Jerome's hair, skin, blood and urine, his now-perfect world is thrown into increasing desperation, his dream within reach, when the mission director is killed - and he carelessly loses an eyelash at the scene! Certain that they know the murderer's ID, but unable to track down the former Vincent, the police start to close in, with extra searches, and new gene tests. With the once-in-a-lifetime launch only days away, Vincent must avoid arousing suspicion, while passing the tests, evading the police, and not knowing whom he can trust...
 

Comments

Gloriously different science fiction How many science fiction movies have been made in the last decade? Thousands... now how many of them actually bothered to do a little science reading before hand? Almost none of them. Gattaca is different - you know that as soon as the credits rolls at the start, there is the music, a beautifully simple and emotional piece by Michael Nyman, the opening graphics with their cool blue colour scheme seem to have come from an arts movie and then the movie starts. Gattaca is a discussion of the genie of genetic engineering that we are about to unleash. We will soon have the power to make our children into the people we always wished to be. Provided we are rich enough to pay the bills. Those who can't afford it, will become an underclass, almost a different species - apartheid through science. What if we are on of Gattaca's In-valids but we want to be one of the chosen few? Gattaca has a side-plot about a murder that is used to drive the narrative, but to be honest it isn't terribly well thought through and could have been left out - the main storyline is more than good enough to keep your attention. The acting is excellent all the way from the two leads to the bit parts. The look and feel of the movie is outstanding. Gattaca's world is the future as dreamed in 1950s corporate America, where spacemen go to work in streamlined cars to their Frank Lloyd Wright offices, dressed in identical pin-stripe suits with their hair slicked back. Everything is washed in a pale golden light that first makes you think of utopia, but then you notice the clinically clean lines and surfaces, the movie is set in a cold emotionless place. Perhaps most noteable is the movie's restraint - the usual staples of sex and violence are largely avoided and the special effects sit unobtrusively in the background. And the movie is all the better for it. Try Gattaca one evening, sit down with a drink, watch it, drink slowly and enjoy. You'll be thinking slightly differently at the end.
 
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