A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
In literature as well as cinema, science fiction is a genre that by and large has never held much allure for me. There are however some exceptions to this predisposition. "Gattaca" is one of them. It's thankfully free of the cliched earmarks often employed in a self aware, quasi parody fashion. In order for science fiction to work, one should become unaware of the genre and become engrossed in the action, which simply happens to take place in the future. This lends credibility to what is by definition, fantasy.
Within the cold, austere and beautifully filmed sets, "Gattaca" possesses a core of emotion. The theme of striving towards achievement against adversity is one that will resonate with many. Ethan Hawke strikes the balance between confidence and vulnerability in an assured performance which must surely rate as one of his best. Uma Thurman's somewhat robotic statuesque presence and icy blonde veneer is used to great effect. The wheel chair bound Jude Law is, as ever a compelling actor to watch. As proven by his ingenious screenplay of "The Truman Show", writer and director Andrew Niccol possesses an exceptional creative talent. In "Gattaca" he gives expression to his vision with much assurance and flair.
This is science fiction for all.
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman,Jude Law & Alan Arkin
Genre: Sci Fi, Drama
In the not-too-distant future, a less than perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a fall. With some professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. When a colleague is killed he is finally scheduled for a space mission, but a colleague suspects his origins and the police begin an investigation.
Seeing as it's the holiday season I thought I'd watch a few films that I've been dying to see for ages. So I stumbled across Gattaca in my local supermarket and decided to buy it. I didn't really know what to expect but I have to admit that i really like it.
Gattaca is almost 12 years old and still feels like it was made a few years ago. The set design, nominated for an oscar, does give off the impression that I'm sure the director aimed to create. That being a world devoid of natural births and a world where companys employ people based on their genetic make up does, to the audience feel like that's the way the world could be. The film obviously, at the end of the film, depicts the consequences of the world and what it would meet for people living in it. In other words science has gone to far.
The narrative structure, at first focusses on the scientific orientaed world, and we see more empthaises on that. As Vincent narrates however, we begin to understand that it more to it than that. The narrative doesn't however, stay too long on that and that's something I would have liked to see more of. There were a few scenes that didn't contain as much development as I'd like. Suddently a new story emerged. However those were minor flaws.
As I said before, the film is more about a tale of one individual and less or a science fiction story. For instance Jude Law's character does become quite intriguing as the film progresses. In particular as we see Vincet eventually emerge as Jerome, which does become quite emotional.
Overall, gattace is definatly a film I might re-watch and probably see something in it that i didn't see before. It depicts a world which could happen and contains characters that you can relate. Such an emotional tale of human spirit. Contains some outstanding set design.
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Although it was very futuristic in it's premise it had a very 1950's almost 'film noire' feel to it. A mixture that worked surprisingly well for me.
Aside from some plot holes and what is really just mediocre performances by a cast that could (and has) done better...this was an enjoyable film.