Gattaca (1997) Movie Review

Gattaca (1997)

1997 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
106 minutes /

User Score: 71/100

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Gattaca Review


A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Gattaca (1997) is an American science-fiction drama thriller film that was a fully imagined work of a futuristic fiction that was magnificently shot in several locations in California, USA. I enjoyed every bit of Gattaca and what it has to offers which are a lot with excellent images, sound, and cinematography. Writer and director by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show (1998), Lord of War (2005), In Time (2011)) excelled in every possible way executing this unique film that explores what it can be to be genetically modified.

Gattaca revolves around Gattaca Corp. where everyone/employees wore dark uniforms and looked serious the majority of the time except for one person. That person is Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke - Before Sunset (2004), Training Day (2001), Before Sunrise (1995)) is Gattaca’s house imposter who carries a worried look on his face most of the time. Vincent is determined to work his way to the top of Gattaca and tried everything conventional but thinks a janitorial job is the max of his potential. Vincent could become obsolete because it is the age of genetic engineering/manipulation and he came into the world in a conventional way. Gattaca presents the idea of a future society driven by eugenics where every child will receive their parents best hereditary traits because they will be conceived through genetic manipulation. He is discriminated against because of the way he was conceived.

Vincent dreams of traveling into space, but he realizes what that meant for him with his heart defect until he met Eugene, who is a one-time star swimmer. Jerome Eugene Morrow (Jude Law - Sherlock Holmes (2009), Spy (2015), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Enemy at the Gates (2001)) gave Vincent hope by telling him that he can go anywhere he desires. German (Tony Shalhoub - Monk (2002), Men in Black (1997), Wings (1990), Cars (2006)) is a gene-broker that will allow Vincent to use Eugene’s genetic samples so that he can get past Gattaca’s daily security checks. Will their plan succeed? Watch this beautiful movie to find out.

Gattaca was detailed to the max, and it was a treat to see all of the details including whether the automobiles of the future should have license plates - they use microchips. I love that the movie explored the concerns of reproductive technologies (eugenics) and what consequences the society can face as a result of genetic manipulation. Everyone has a destiny which can govern lives but when it is altered then so is our outcome. It was emotionally hard seeing the characters battling themselves and also society to see where they belong in the world and who they are supposed to be with their altered genes. All of the actors gave excellent performances, especially Uma Thurman. I gave Gattaca a nine instead of ten because there was a lot of factual errors, goofs, minor loose ends and other things that prevent me from giving the movie a solid ten. Some of the errors were there was smoke coming out of Jerome’s wine glass when he was at a club with Eugene, and the smoke should not have been coming out of the glass since he has to blow the smoke into the glass. Jerome’s jacket sleeve was intact right after punching an officer, but it was shown that he ripped it while punching the officer. There is a lot of other goofs that you will have to explore by yourself. Enjoy the movie.

About Gattaca (1997)

Title: Gattaca
Original Title: The Eighth Day
Year: 1997
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Elias Koteas, Ethan Hawke, Dean Norris, Xander Berkeley, Tony Shalhoub, Uma Thurman, Ken Marino, Greg Sestero, William Lee Scott, Una Damon, Jayne Brook, Dan Griffin, Lindsey Ginter, Elizabeth Dennehy, Mason Gamble, Ernest Borgnine, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Russell Milton, George Marshall Ruge, Steve Bessen, Gore Vidal, Maya Rudolph, Chad Baker, Vincent Nielson, Beverly Griffith, Chad Christ, David LeBell, Clarence Graham, Randi Cole
Writers: Andrew Niccol
Director: Andrew Niccol

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