A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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 reportedly contains 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,…
I saw this years ago and I quite liked it. Now the DOP of this, Slawomir Idziak, gave a workshop on "Gattaca" at my school. He actually said it´s a bad script and is unsatisfied with most of the scenes in there. Hmm... I still like it, its cool 90s SciFi stuff.
A clever piece of storytelling. Efficient, clean and precise. With an underrated performance from Jude Law too.
Andrew Niccol's debut is a masterpiece!
Everything about 'Gattaca' is original cinema, a sole sci-fi film dealing with the speculation of what if everyone was equal? The film is brilliantly directed and easily quotable, showing off the extreme close ups of an eyelash or a hair strand has never been more glorious. The script is solid, the cinematography is well worth analyzing and the classical music only complements the film.
The not too distant future has never looked better before!
"I belong 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."
With intelligent ideas and beautiful production design, Gattaca explores humanity's inherent capacity for prejudice, and strives to incite debate about concepts like nature vs. nurture, individualism vs. collectivism, and free will vs. determinism. Occasionally contrived plot points, a completely passionless romance between Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, and a few spots of slack pacing are the only things bogging down an otherwise sharp movie. Despite these flaws, which would be extremely detrimental to most other films, I'd recommend that everyone should watch this at least once, because of it's smart portrayal of issues that are only becoming more important with each passing year.
I´ve seen this film really often. Love the work with the screenplay.
Maybe is brother died in the end.
you know what i kinda did feel bad for jude law but you know what.......thats the life
Good to see Ethan Hawkes in one of his earlier performances. A hazard of dated scifi movies is that the special effects can be distracting in their cheesiness . . . unless the story is strong enough to carry the movie on its own. Such was the case here.
A thoughtful exploration of the ethics of genetic engineering is perhaps more relevant now than it was at the time the movie was produced.
A bit of trivia. The film's title is based on the first letters of guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine, the four nucleobases of DNA. Despite flopping at the box office, it won Oscar and Golden Globe awards and has maintained a cult following. I guess that makes me a member of a cult?
Very interesting movie and concept to work with. Great actors and good script, a bit too cliché at times, though.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…