Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
" I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science."
While this isn't the modern day classic I've heard it described as, this is nonetheless a well-structured, well thought-out science fiction movie with some great performances from Ethan Hawke and Jude Law.
However, the main draw of this is how well it sets up the world of the film, despite the 15 minute voiceover at the beginning. The production design of this is also brilliant, giving the whole thing a kind of 60's sci-fi/30's noir aesthetic.
Plus, any film with Uma Thurman in is guaranteed to be at least watchable.
Gattaca is an uncommonly intelligent, thoughtful and interesting science fiction movie. It raises many questions about its topic, genetic engineering, and is perfect for a time where you read daily about the latest crossbreed between tomatoes and daffodils, the latest cloned cat, eat genetically grown food every day and can conceive your children in a test tube.
Gattaca is the combination of a wonderful script that increases the tension after every scene, complimented by the great direction of Niccol. But I would say the true stand outs for me are Ethan Hawke and Jude Law. This is one of Ethan Hawke's strongest performances as a man who refuses to trust the odds, and relies on…
The purpose of science fiction is to take the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.
In the world of Gattaca human perfection is at a premium. Genetically engineered humans have taken all the prestine positions of employment leaving only menial work for the lower class naturally conceived people. That is except for one.
Ethan Hawk plays Vincent, a pure born who, assisted by the genetically emaculate Jerome, played by Jude Law in a cold and snobbish manner that only he could pull off, is cheating the system. He is using the hair, skin dander, blood, urine, saliva, and any other material containing Jerome's DNA to fool his place of employment into thinking that he is Jerome, and therefore genetically divine. This…
For whatever reason, I had never seen this movie. If I recall correctly, at the time it came out it wasn't particularly well-received - lukewarm reviews. However, in the last few years, I keep seeing it pop up as an under-appreciated good Sci-Fi movie. I can't say I agree. I love the concept, but there are too many dumb things done by characters we're supposed to believe are smart. This whole things falls apart if one character knows how to look at a photograph.
Exquisite production design and tender emotional moments trump any logical inconsistencies or science fiction shortcomings.
It's the near future, and embryos are genetically selected to be free from illness and minor ailments, meaning that those conceived naturally are likely to live life as third class citizens as victims of genetic discrimination. Vincent (Ethan Hawke) was found to have a heart disorder and a high chance of mental illness soon after he was born, but dreams of becoming an astronaut. The only way he can do that is to "borrow" the almost perfect genetic profile of Jerome (Jude Law) who has been paralysed in an accident. All goes well until a murder occurs and Vincent's eyelash is discovered, meaning that his 'imperfect' genetic profile is in danger of being discovered, putting his forthcoming space mission in jeopardy.
A very interesting idea, I liked the way that the idea of genetic discrimination was used instead of the many ways we discriminate against our fellow human beings now!
Joe had never seen this. I remember watching it with my dad. It was right around the time I was learning about genetics in biology. Still pretty cool, and creepily prescient.
I was severely oversold on this film, much to my dismay. It is not particularly terrible, but in the same right it is not good.
What a beautiful science fiction movie. Probably the smartest sci-fi movie dealing with genetics vs nature. The ideas and how they are dealt with are so well done that Gattaca deserves to be in the pantheon of science fiction movies. The idea that fate can't be determined by genetics and that the will to thrive is stronger when the person is given a limitation. Also the new discrimination of the "god-children" (or non genetically engineered) people is a brilliant play on the modern discrimination of people who are less fortunate due to certain circumstances rather than the old skin color discrimination. What's great about the science in this movie is that in today's world, scientists are getting closer and closer…
Vincent (Ethan Hawke) becomes Jerome (Jude Law, Ethan Hawke), who himself becomes Eugene (Jude Law) during a race to find skin shavings. (8 PM, SyFy)
Distinctly bland for essentially the entire runtime. Oviously Niccol wants to harken back to noir-ish film, most notably Chinatown, but he seems to have forgetten that the best film characters have charisma, a trait everyone in this film seems to lack. (Except for Jude Law, 'cause Jude Law)
It's Plausible Near-Future Sci-Fi done on the cheap, with basically no interest in visuals save the throwaway blurry, upside-down, or shadow-filled shot. Which leaves the story as my main concern ("But the acting!" the crowd yells...), which, if you actually admit to yourself, is a bit trite and devolves into a big ol' dick waving contest at the end. Oh, and I still HATE expository monologues.
It's not a bad movie. It's just uninteresting in all the wrong ways.
When I first saw this movie in my 9th grade Biology class, I didn't expect to fall in love with it. GATTACA has a wonderfully, thought provoking premise that makes for a fascinating sci-fi story about beating the odds.
The score is memorable, the performances are strong, the art direction is excellent, and the screenplay is superb. This is one of the more underrated sci-fi movies out there and it's a personal favorite.
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