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,…
A sentimental favorite, though I hadn't seen it in at least 10 years.
What it lacks in logic in a few spots, it more than makes up for in style. It's trying to be noir, after all, so any plot convolutions are easy to overlook.
The color timing takes a bit of getting used to, which makes me think it probably looks amazing in black and white.
Looks gorgeous, makes amazing use of pre-existing buildings to create a highly visually believable future. I could have done without the on-the-nose moralism (but the movie cannot).
One of my favorite movies. It's as perfect as Jerome isn't. The retro-futurism of the locations, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman. Even the title sequence is one of the best ever made.
Note: I've never been the biggest fan of sci-fi
Worth going back to or at least a 2nd look, Gattaca may be a dystopian fiction (as the teacher who showed it in class intended) but it really isn't. Ethan Hawke's Vincent Freeman leads the way in this movie about family and what it takes to be "successful". Vincent, an invalid only expected to live 30 years, will always be in his valid brother Anton's shadow so he takes matters into his own hands. Meet Jerome Morrow, a former swimmer who's now confined to his wheelchair. Freeman will take Morrow's identity in order to get into Gattaca and fulfill his dreams: going to space. Morrow, in turn, is compensated appropriately.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When Ethan Hawke leans into the opening frames, removing any DNA that could possibly be associated with him along with the darker blue color tone, Gattaca begins. While the narration and dialogue sometimes slaps you in the face with the meaning and what it's trying to convey, Gattaca is a film that mostly demonstrates control, patience, and a meaningful tackling of themes such as: classism, identity, and masculinity.
This film has many things it does well, but the camera work seems to be one of it's most poignant features. The frame is purposeful and the only time that it wavers is a chase scene which works to show how dire the situation and moment is. This is useful in showing…
Takes ages to clumsily set itself up for a decent middle and then utterly collapses with a cheap, corny ending. I liked Jude Law and the aesthetic of this future, visually this has aged impressively little.
A beautiful looking and immersive futuristic dramatic thriller with incredible world building.
Superior ideas and a good movie, but I was fairly bored for the majority of the runtime. As far as substance goes, there really wasn't much going on. But I still say cudos to the filmmakers for making such an intelligent concept work quite well (for the most part).
Andrew Niccol is a BAMF
It does get confusing to follow the story and requires multiple viewings, but Gattaca is a complex film that Sci Fi aficionados will be please with.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…