A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
There is no gene for the human spirit.
Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.
I have been in multi-year relationships with women who weren't half as good looking as this film.
It is the total and convincing immersion in a future world that makes this one of the strongest science fiction films I've ever seen.
That is a bold statement I know, but for me it is a fact, it just took me a while to realise it. See, the first time I saw it I was distracted by the meandering third act in which the plot drudgingly treads towards its excpected resolution.
And while that problem still exists I was struck this time by two things. For a film that is almost 15 years old it still looks absolutely stunning and it does what any film in this genre should do. It takes away all suspension of disbelief by presenting…
Film #73 of Project 90
”It's funny, you work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay.”
Andrew Niccol starts Gattaca by picturing a “not too distant future” where genetic engineering has changed everything, it has revolutionized the way people think and act and it has brought a new social order to the society, people are no longer divided to rich and poor or educated and uneducated, you are either a child of god or a child of science, genetic modification has become a routine part of the cycle of life and now everything works differently. That exceptionally alarming and…
“I got the better end of the deal. I only lent you my body. You lent me your dream.”
In Andrew Niccol’s directorial debut we are invited to imagine a world where humans are categorized according to their genetic make-up. In this world, genetic engineering is not only a possibility, but a very common thing. Society now classifies people according to their DNA, and social classes are determined by it. It is not a future too hard to envision considering over history we have categorized people according to the color of their skin, their race, or their gender. Niccol creates an interesting sci-fi premise by using this sort of allegory of our society and combining it with some action and…
I love Gattaca more each time I see it. This is my third time through it and this time I realized it basically has the same strengths and weaknesses as Blade Runner, another sci-fi favorite of mine. The acting is wooden and the pacing is slow enough to put an insomniac to sleep. This was Andrew Niccol's first time directing, and while he still hasn't done much to prove himself as a director (In Time, The Host...) I think some of Gattaca's failures can be chalked up to inexperience. Personally I just don't care about them.
I'll be damned if this isn't high concept science fiction at its best. Every detail of the story is designed…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gattaca is about a young man with a heart condition who wants to be an astronaut. We all know that one must meet strict physical requirements to go into space. Heck, one can't even ride on Space Mountain at Disney World with a heart condition. Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) doesn't meet the requirements. The only way to achieve his goal is to cheat the system by faking his physical requirements. The drama and suspense in the film centres on whether or not he will get caught cheating.
The film is entertaining.
The major conceit of the film, though, is that it is supposed to be science-fiction. It is set in the future where people are either born the natural way,…
The one where Uma Thurman is really beautiful
It's one of the most realistic syfy movies I've seen, but some parts are boring. The ending is interesting tho.
In this version of the future, genetic testing determines everything. Vincent Anton Freeman (Ethan Hawke), wants to be an astronaut, but is denied this opportunity because his genetic code indicates weakness and a limited lifespan. In order to pursue his dream, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law) who has a perfect genetic makeup, but an accident has rendered him lame.
Roger Ebert gushed this was a "thriller with ideas," and while it has ideas, they're not original. The man vs. science motif reached its apex in the 1970s, and this film does nothing to add to the genre.
There's an attempt at a twist involving Freeman's genetically superior younger brother and a simmering romance, but with a…
i actually really enjoyed this movie? it was weird but im into it
Stunning cinematography from Swalomir Idziak, a great science fiction premise blending currently resonant socio-politics with a somewhat uniquely grounded hook, a stirring if occasionally too melodramatic score from Michael Nyman, a half decent performance from Ethan Hawke for a change - the first half has it all.
Laughably risible dialogue, an excruciatingly slow and uneventful narrative, insurmountable plot holes, zero chemistry between the two romantic leads, a lazily dealt with murder subplot - the second half has nil, although it's worth mentioning the cross-cutting juxtaposition of the final scene did hit a raw nerve, even though writer-director Andrew Niccol trifled an otherwise promising and infinitely intriguing concept.
Great concept. Shame about the CSI:Miami filters. Overall, this movie has the same issue all pre-Matrix 90s Sci-Fi had, terrible cinematography. Some great scenes though. Not a big fan of the usual duality tropes.
Simply one of my favourite films of all time. A spectacular plot, super tight structure, great characters, stunning visual aesthetic, memorable score. It only gets better with time.
Pretty great sci-fi but slowly falls apart and by the end my interest was fading. Some editing would make this a super great film. Good cinematography though.
One of them most realistic sci-fi films I saw. With a qucki progression in genetics it could really be a future. More sci-fi movies should try to be something unique like this one instead of being another variation of typical Orwellian dystopia.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…