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,…
Watched in Janaury 2011
Having not seen this sine it first came out I though it time to revisit it. Made back in 1996, this sci-fi film tells the story of Vincent -played by Ethan Hawke- who is born with defects and so can never travel into space to fulfill his dream. He decides though to try and pays to take on the identity of Jerome (Jude Law) who has perfect genetics and therefore is a ticket to the stars. Jerome has to supply Vincent with urine and blood samples all of which may be tested at any time at the Gattaca Institute. Vincent has also ensure that he has no loose hairs or skin that may be found and…
Amazing evening of this important and interesting film about a dystopian future of genetics along with a discussion led by a professor of bioethics and a genetic counselor from Mayo Clinic.
The story is complex, the characters well-developed, and there are acts of kindness between characters that are heartwarming.
I'd recommend the film and wish I could share the presentation with anyone.
Just gets more and more terrifyingly relevant each year.
La vi con Alexzandra y Rodrigo en casa.
La estetica es muy bonita
The swimming sequence is a brilliant moment of cinematic hypnosis.
Fantastic looking science fiction. Love the premise of the story, the dystopian elements, it's message on humanity. Holds up well after all this time.
everytime I watch this I'm stunned by how beautiful it is
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 lets the world take a backseat. The photography captures attractive shades of beige, gray, etc. Andrew Niccol's direction isn't close to virtuous, but he doesn't feel…
This is a very solid piece of science fiction.
Complete list. :-(
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…