Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Scavenger Hunt 17: August 2016 (FILM 6/30)
Task #26: A film with an acronym in the title!
Intelligent and always engaging, Andrew Niccol's directorial debut presents creative and memorable visuals, a strong cast work that brings to life the magic and cleverness of the script and the notable passion that the director demonstrated to his project, resulted to a brilliant cinematic achievement.
In other words: Underrated and thought-provoking Sci-Fi film; Ethan Hawke, great performance, as well as Uma Thurman and Jude Law; Sometimes Andrew Niccol sucks (S1m0ne, ugh), but his first movie, cheers.
Why is the future always so dull?
A semi-interesting concept executed in the most mediocre way. It's cold and distant, making it really difficult to care about what happens to any of these people. Jude Law is the only source of levity- and he is literally suicidal.
There just wasn't anything to cling on to here, so I think this one will quickly drift away.
Fuck your rules, my dream is more important. We'll go ahead and not cover whether there's a good reason for the rule or not. Cool. Good movie though, other than that.
Really touching actually. Loved the chemistry between the brothers and the Jeromes.
Highly thought-provoking and shot with elegant beauty. Gattaca is a really interesting concept and easily one of the best sci-fi films of the 90s. Take it's year of release, 1997 - this flopped but it my eyes blows The Fifth Element, Event Horizon, Contact, Alien Resurrection and Men in Black out the water. It is however not better than Starship Troopers. No way.
i saw this in 7th grade and it was pretty good
Remember when Ethan Hawke was the shit back in the day? Well, I can't remember because I didn't exist, but he certainly was, and then he just kinda faded away. Nowadays, he's not in much, and that's a shame because he's a truly talented fella, his performance in films like Before Sunrise, Training Day and Boyhood show it. Last year, he was in Predestination, a little gem that flew under the radar despite being one of the most ambitious sci-fi films in recent years. Similarly, Gattaca is a sci-fi feature with big ideas and a lot of heart.
The reason why this story works so well is the way Andrew Niccol paints this world - harsh and unforgiving. We're given…
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CANT FLY THIS BILLION DOLLAR SPACECRAFT BECAUSE MY HEART COULD EXPLODE AT ANY MOMENT?
"Gattaca" is a smart science fiction film in which parents genetically engineer their children. Ethan Hawke plays a character who is naturally birthed and thus at a severe disadvantage. But he had big dreamscreen and you can't genetically engineer resolve, passion or fate. Smart and inspiring, this is not one to miss.
Scavenger Hunt 17 | Film #11, Task #26
26. A film with an acronym in the title
The film has decent performances by Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, and Uma Therman so why did I love this movie so much? Gattaca presents a world where humans are in complete control of their own genomes. Everything about your life can be deduced from your genetic make up only moments after your birth. Probabilities of disorders and defects. Life expectancy. Everything. Right as you're born.
Gattaca takes this concept and presents a chilling depiction of what happens when humans strive for perfecting the human genome. Eradicate everything from cancer to ugly pores in the effort to prolong human life to an almost infinite…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!