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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 under appreciated gem is yet another overlooked masterpiece the 90's spewed out. The cinematography by Slawomir Idziak perfectly accompanies every shot in just the right way. Not surprising considering he was the cinematographer for two of the most beautiful films ever made, The Double Life of Veronique and Three Colors Blue. Writer, Director Andrew Nichols directorial debut will prove to be one of the best modern sci-fi classics in the past 20 years. Ethan Hawke and Uma Therman shine on screen and the idea of a future where gene manipulation is the conventional method of reproduction is kinda scary but very intriguing.
truly before its time
Jude Law's character in this might be one of my favorite personalities ever written.
ALSO I've just learned that the plot of this movie is very similar to the majority of scientists' projection of our world within the next few decades. Can we please solve all the other forms of discrimination before people start throwing out my resume because of my genes please?!
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Thought-provoking film. The actors chosen fit the parts perfectly and the story line never failed to be inteiguing.
It kind of blows my mind how sci-fi evolved in the 90s. You start the decade wirh films like T2 and Total Recall and somehow by the end have films like Gattaca and The Matrix with a completely different look and flavor. Where did that funky color palette originate?
The movie is good but had potential to be excellent!
"Gattaca sounds like the stupidest movie ever" -me, circa my dumbass childhood
"Gattaca invented film and Owns My Ass" -me, circa right fuckin now
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