Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
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 car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. Written by
When Vincent alias Jerome has his interview at Gattaca you can see that the machine clearly shows a GNQ of 9.8612. When Irene gives the hair sample away for analysing, the woman at the counter states "9.3, quite a catch". See more »
You keep your work station so clean, Jerome.
It's next to godliness. Isn't that what they say?
Godliness. I reviewed your flight plan. Not one error in a million keystrokes. Phenomenal. It's right that someone like you is taking us to Titan.
Has the committee approved the mission? There's been talk of delay.
You shouldn't listen to talk. You leave in a week. You've got a substance test.
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All instances of the letters A, C, G, and T (representing the four nucleotides of DNA -- see trivia entry) are emphasized in almost all names of people and companies credited in the film. These letters appear in a different typeface from the rest of the name; also, in the opening credits they appear onscreen a little before the rest of the name, while in the closing credits they appear in blue instead of white. See more »
Uses science fiction to explore ideas, and reveal some depths of the human spirit
"There is no gene for the human spirit." This is the TAG line of the movie
Gattaca, a film that searches deep within the heart of man. This is one of
Ethan Hawke's strongest performances as a man who refuses to trust the odds,
and relies on fate and sheer will to achieve his dreams. He borrows the body
of a man without dreams, played by Jude Law in his best performance to date
as well. Law simply captures every scene with his sly intelligence and
deeply darkened soul. He has no illusions about life, or himself, and he is
the perfect counterpoint to Hawke's unrelenting dreamer.
The performances only enhance, however, a wonderful script by first time
writer/director Andrew Niccol. It deals with science fiction and the future
in the best way, by exploring ideas. He quickly and easily presents a future
not unimaginable, and truly existing in a "not-too-distant future." Genetic
engineering is happening today all the time in areas outside the human
species, and sometimes within. How long will it take before the gloves are
taken off and science truly starts to decide the type of people humanity
will become? What issues will be addressed when that time comes? Niccol
addresses many of them already, mostly dealing with the discrimination that
would probably take place in society. The most subtle and yet important
question he asks though is whether a man is truly the sum of his genes, or
could his spirit somehow carry him beyond all expectations? Such thoughts
are dealt with through intelligent characters given intelligent diolague and
placed with intelligent situations. It is interesting how such a thoughtful
picture can be at time a real thriller to watch as well.
Gattaca is one of my favorite movies because it is not afraid to address
important issues that are truly current in modern day society, and do it
with great thought and heart. It wisely stresses the subtle theological
questions of whether man ought to tamper with God's work, and whether the
result would be a better society, or a better humanity.
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