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…
This review may contain 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,…
Another entry in the long list of "movies Daryl should've seen years ago". Gattaca takes elements from Huxley's Brave New World and thrusts the audience into a future that feels horrifically possible without falling into the trap of flying cars, androids or tin foil jump suits.
Andrew Niccol develops a world with a distinct set of rules and constructs a tense thriller inside those parameters. Ethan Hawke and Jude Law are engaging as two men bonded by their fates, while Uma Thurman delivers her usual monotone performance, unable to make a compelling performance of the role.
THIS is what I'd hoped we'd see in In Time. A strong central idea that failed to hold up over a feature length runtime.
Gattaca is also a perfect example of how to build a sandbox, play in the sand box and not deviate or falter when it suits (I'm looking at you Looper).
A brilliant Sci-Fi Thriller
Really holds up after nearly 20 years.
Felt kind of emotionless
It was cool, though
Despite the fact that this focuses on or at least hints at some genuinely concerning fears about transhumanism (the likely need for forced enhancements to remain professionally competitive, the formation of a new caste system based on quantifiable biological differences, romance being more explicitly tied with compatible genes, etc), the entirety of this particular story-world makes almost no sense. If a pretty average filmmaker of today can tell that it takes more than looking at a person's genes to accurately measure their potential, is there any chance at all that the cognitively enhanced policy-makers of the future will have trouble with this basic concept? Like with so much dystopian sic-fi, there seems to be a strange underlying idea here that…
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An emotionally stirring film featuring Vincent (Ethan Hawke) a boy with a dream of going to outer space. Your place in society is determined at birth, whether or not your genetics are without defects, humans have become genetically enhanced to ensure perfection and prevent flaws and errors. Vincent is defected because he of a natural birth without genetic modifications. Vincent is determined to do whatever it takes to make his dream of space travel a reality. This film contains romance, human determination, grace, sacrifice, and friendship. It raises questions of the science of human development specifically related to the eugenics movements. Jerome gives Vincent his identity and the film finishes with the climax of the loving sacrifice of Eugene to…
Deeply flawed and kinda' boring
Great cinematography, lighting, and sets; a very nice-looking film.
This is only the second time I have ever seen this film but I knew from the first viewing that it was one of my favourites. I love these kind of sci-fi films, the ones that truly reflect and criticise the flaws in our own society. I love just how beautifully shot and well written the whole story is and how at the end of the day it’s all about the struggles one goes to achieve their dreams in life.
The first 30 minutes or so of Gattaca are pretty great. We're introduced to a not-so-distant (and relatively plausible) future world where "natural" birth is performed in vitro under the guidance of geneticists who carefully engineer/select the most genetically gifted and healthy zygote. From birth, people are identified and defined entirely by their genetic makeup and the diseases to which they are or are not predisposed. The film does a really great job of exploring the philosophical, moral, and legal implications of such a society, and the resultant discrimination that "invalids" - those who are born in vivo - face both in their health insurance and job prospects. There's also a nice underlying message that is touched upon: often times…
this list could probably go on forever
(there's a lot of cronenberg here)
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…