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Gattaca is an awesome movie with deeper meaning everywhere you look, including the title -- only the letters a, t, c, and g are used, corresponding with Adenine, Thymine, Cytocine, and Guanine, the chemical components of DNA.
Set in the near future with a very 50's retro presence, the cinematography is subtle yet moving with its sterile, sleek atmosphere, familiar yet futuristic objects and especially the use of color -- take notice of overly blue, green, and sepia tones during certain critical scenes.
Vincent (Ethan Hawke), an "in-valid," a man conceived naturally in a world where parents genetically engineer their offspring, dreams of going into space but is barred by constant "genoism," discrimination based on one's genetic makeup. To achieve his dreams, he pairs up with Jerome (Jude Law), a perfectly engineered "valid" who is a quadrapelegic. Assuming Jerome's identity and using his hair and bodily fluids to slip past genetic screening, Vincent is hired and quickly moves up the ranks of Gattaca Space Corporation. Vincent and Jerome develop a mutually fulfilling symbiotic relationship. Vincent thinks his dreams of going into space are fulfilled when he is offered the prestigious assignment of going on a manned mission to Titan, Saturn's largest moon. However, a week before launch, the mission director is murdered and Vincent's DNA turns up during a routine gathering of evidence. With a detective steadily getting closer to discovering Vincent's true identity, the blossoming of a love affair with an associate (Uma Thurman), and the looming parting of Vincent, Jerome's only friend, Vincent watches helplessly as his dream of going into space unravels by the hour.
Beautiful with a powerful message, some may find this movie a bit slow at times. There are many slow sequences. This isn't an action movie, though, nor a movie watched purely for entertainment. It's a movie that encourages contemplation of various social and psychological issues.
If you are thinking of buying this movie (and you should), buy the superbit version because it is the original widescreen version. The standard version is in full-screen, except the first edition which is now out of print. The first edition was a double-sided DVD with the widescreen version on one side and the full screen version on the flipside. That version is getting very hard to find brand-new. Spend the extra money and pick up the Superbit version of Gattaca -- the picture quality is awesome. You'll be glad you did because the cinematography is just as significant as this movie's underlying message. For that, you'll have to watch and look for it yourself. You may want to watch it more than just once -- you'll pick up on many more things the second time around.
I bought this movie after only seeing the end of it a few years ago. I have always liked futuristic movies and since Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Jude Law were in it I was sold. It's set in the future where there are 2 classes of people-valids who are genetically engineered at birth to be "perfect" and invalids who are the natural born population and viewed by the valids as beneath them. Vincent, an invalid, knows his limitations in a world that favors only the valids for esteemed jobs. He assumes the identity of Jerome, a valid, and uses his genetic material to fool everyone at Gattaca, a space agency center to realize his dream of going into space. The movie is great and shows what the human race is slowly but steadily working it's way toward. This DVD is the Superbit version which gives you the best quality picture from a normal DVD disc and widescreen but gives you no extras like deleted scenes.
Gattaca is the ultimate geek movie for several reasons. First it's a story of redemption. Except the redemption comes from the outcast who is told he isn't smart; disproving it to all by sophisticated deception. The deception though could only be pulled off by the smartest of individuals. Vincent is such an individual. Vincent (played by Ethan Hawke) instead becomes both jock and nerd - also learning chemistry and biology in the process of covering up his identity.
Second, Gattaca is an ultimate Geek movie, because the short guy with glasses gets the uber attractive girl.
Gattaca centers around a type of "Brave New World" future where those born are genetically assigned to their place in society. Doctors are born doctors and the parents are made aware of it soon after conception.
Once assigned to your career, the only thing that can stop you from being wealthy and living out your destiny is fate.
Going underground, Vincent assumes the identity of Jerome (played by Jude Law), crippled in an accident, and achieves prominence at Gattaca, where he is selected for his lifelong desire: a manned mission to Saturn. Constantly passing gene tests by diligently using samples of Jerome's hair, skin, blood and urine, "his perfect (albeit altered) world is challenged just before his dream becomes within reach, when the mission director is killed and his real DNA is found near the crime scene!
This movie has a very good twist at the end. If you are a geek, the ending may make you cry.
In case you don't get the connection of the word Gattaca - the name for the Space Training Facility in the movie it is comprised of four of the five nucleotides [proteins] that make up DNA: Guanine, Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine. These proteins are listed by their first letter, G, A, C, T, with the fifth main protein being Urasil; U. One could stretch the meaning of the missing protein to mean [YOU] or [UGLY] - there are no [UGLY] genes at Gattaca.
I just watched Gattaca for the first time a few days ago and I enjoyed it very much and I am glad that I bought it. I thought it was a very emotional film because the ending almost brought me to tears. But this focus on emotions I think took away from some of the technical parts of the story. For example it never shows the outside of the space shuttle or the space suits and the astronauts are only seen exercising and using computers and in reality much more is required to prepare for a space mission. But it was still an excellent and unique Sci-Fi movie and I like how Epigenetics is a major idea in the movie.
This science fiction or futuristic film is well done and not so futeristic any more, it is one of those films that give the viewers a good shot of humility and a reminder that we are only what we set out to be and no one can stop us if we make up our minds to do something. We are only as great as our dreams are!
Just love watching this movie again!