Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior "in-valid." He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered "valid." He assumes Jerome's DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent's plans.
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Director: Andrew Niccol
Producer: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Cast: Elias Koteas, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Ernest Borgnine, Ethan Hawke, Gore Vidal, Tony Shalhoub, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Jayne Brook, Chad Christ, William Scott
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This movie presents an interesting concept and shows the character's will to determine his own fate rather than accepting the labels that people would put on him.
I remember some sexual content and some profanity but nothing that causes huge concern for teens and up.April 9th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
An interesting look into the future where what you can do is determined by your genes. The movie is about someone that knows his more than what his genes are and decides to do what is necessary to live his dream of going into space despite his limitations.
A good movie that any sci-fi fan should see.February 7th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
We have seen the future, and it's awfully stark . . . according to movies, anyway (beginning with the silent "Metropolis").
But none has been more flattened out than "Gattaca," a cautionary tale from first-time writer-director Andrew Niccol about genetic engineering.
It's the "not-too-distant future" when young Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is conceived in love . . . and he's a bit of a disappointment: Nearsighted, weak heart, destined for a life of menial work.
So, a couple of years later, his brother Anton is conceived in a test tube. He'll excel in every area, thanks to the miracle of laboratory birth decisions.
Eventually, Vincent is working as a janitor in Gattaca, a corporate space-travel agency. But he longs to take one of those trips himself, specifically a yearlong journey around Titan, the 14th moon of Saturn.
Sadly, in his physically "inferior" state, it will never happen. So, he saves his money and purchases a black-market identity, in league with Jerome (Jude Law), a superior, genetically engineered fellow, who is confined to a wheelchair, due to an accident.
They come up with an intricate plan to allow Vincent to masquerade as Jerome, which includes a daily regimen of scrubbing away his own genetic identity (quite literally) and using Jerome's blood, urine, hair samples and fingernail clippings to sneak by the powers that be as he rises in the corporate structure of Gattaca.
But when Vincent is close to boarding that space shuttle, Gattaca's director is murdered and Vincent is a suspect.
Niccol perhaps deliberately combines his ideas with images that bring to mind earlier sci-fi movies, along with "1984" and other literary sources.
But it's hard to make a movie about a sterile society with sterile characters and not come up with some pretty sterile performances. The movie is about the sublimation of humanity by the ultimate techno-society with film noir overtones and casting stone-faced actors like Hawke, Law and Uma Thurman (as Hawke's co-worker and love interest), as well as Elias Koteas, Loren Dean and Alan Arkin (as a blue-collar police detective) is a clever idea. But we need an emotional connection.
Still, it's good to have thoughtful science fiction after the genre has been inundated with dumb action pictures for so long.October 24th, 1997 · Details