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,…
Gattaca never really "says something" as science-fiction so often tries to do aside from a vague assertion that some form of disenfranchisement will always take root in human society—which is nice, but not really delved into—probably employs far too much voice-over narration, and does a poor jump setting up its core emotional strands. But the film nonetheless works very well. It lays out its story goals very clearly and unrelentingly marches towards them in a manner that kept me rapt and has a very understated, sleek, elegant style. The retro-futurism is suave and wisely takes a backseat. The photography captures attractive shades of beige, gray, etc. Niccol's direction isn't close to virtuous, but he doesn't feel the need to constantly…
three and a half bc of jude law's bs ending
"I'll never understand what possessed my mother to put her faith in God's hands, rather than her local geneticist." ~ Vincent
This debut film by writer-director Andrew Niccol posits a future where science allows parents to pick and choose which of their biological traits to pass along to their offspring. Since there is no longer any reason not to have "perfect" children, anyone born the old-fashioned way, out of love and randomness, is deemed "in-valid."
Such is the case of natural-born Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who has myopia, a weak heart and a projected life expectancy of just 30.2 years. His younger brother Anton (Loren Dean), however, is the product of test tube technology -- taller, stronger and destined for…
Permitted stolen identity and genoism (discrimination according to someone's gene makeup, science has progressed to a point where at birth, a person's probability to have certain diseases (physically and mentally), IQ and surprisingly, lifespan. Gene modification is also rampant and this predetermined the social classes in society. People with lower IQ and God-born obviously belonged to the lower classes and here enters the main protagonist Vincent who stole the identity of Jerome Marrow. Jerome had all it takes to aboard Gattaca (sort of like NASA) and acquiring his identity. With a detective tailing him due to the unforeseen murder of Gattaca director, how long can Vincent keep his secret?
The film was perfectly executed. Only, I do not know what…
One of the smarter, sleeker dystopian stories I've seen. Great performances from the two leads and great world-building. There is an orderly yet brutal feel to everything, and I enjoyed that. The romance was very meh, though. That's all I can say to describe it, really. I don't remember a thing about the romance.
This works because it is so convincing in its portrayal of the future and remains transparent in such a way so that your attention is never sidetracked by unimportant details. The writing is also really strong and helps keep your attention on the important things in the movie, it's never not engaging.
Also the cinematography in the movie is just the one hundred emoji like a million times in a row
With an excellent cast , excellent writing and direction , an amazing story and very important themes , Gattaca is a superb Sci-Fi thriller that discusses a very important subject -specially nowadays- with a unique original story and a well written dialogue .
With an intriguing and original premise, top-notch performances from the main cast, and sharp writing and directing from Andrew Niccol, Gattac chooses subtlety over spectacle to create a thought-provoking work of science fiction that is bound to be remembered as a classic over the next few decades.
Solidly constructed hard sci-fi with a head on its shoulders. Ethan Hawke and Jude Law are magnificent. Good to see Alan Arkin pop up in this.
Complete list. :-(
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…