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Gattaca ()

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featuring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Xander Berkeley

New Zealand screenwriter Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) made his feature directorial debut with this science fiction drama, set in a future when one's life is determined by genetic engineering rather than education or experience. The wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants. People are designed to fit into whatever role is decided before birth. But what happens when someone desires another way of life? Citizens in this impersonal future-world are fashioned as perfect specimens, so those in the natural-born minority are viewed as inferior to the pre-planned perfect specimens (aka "Valids") who dominate. One of the natural-borns (aka "In-Valids"), Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), has several defects (poor vision, emotional problems, and short 30-year life expectancy), but he also develops a different outlook on his pre-ordained fate. He yearns to break free from society's constraints, and he dreams of a journey into space as a Gattaca Corp. navigator. To accomplish his goal, he enlists the aid of DNA broker German (Tony Shalhoub) and makes contact with Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), who was paralyzed in an accident and is willing to sell his superior genetic materials. Vincent assumes Jerome's identity and is scheduled for a flying mission. However, a week before his flight, a Gattaca mission director is murdered, and all members of the program are the suspects. Meanwhile, he develops a romantic interest in a beautiful Valid, Irene (Uma Thurman), prevented from going into space because of her heart defect. Tracked by a relentless investigator who is methodically jigsawing all the pieces together, Jerome finds his aspirations dissolving into stardust. Bhob Stewart, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Southernsherry

The future.....

by Southernsherry on Jul 30, 2010

This movie speaks volumes as to where we are going....

fiddler

Mind-boggling What-ifs

by fiddler on Jan 19, 2009

With the rapid growth of technology and materialism, it's hard to stop and see what's happening because, come on, with all the luxury and glamor it brings, we're just there to try enjoying the ride! Movies like this, the idea of what the world will be like in the future... a more standard, structured, technologically superior society where no one is much more than a robot, unnaturally suppressing humanity is just something to stir the mind into realizing and understanding the present. The present paves the future. It's a good movie, and the Ethan Hawke/Jude Law/ Uma Thurman classy combo is deadly, but if you want something even more in-depth to the thought... go read Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World.' That's sure to scare you!

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Royce

Romantic social-commentary from the future.

by Royce on Mar 27, 2008

Uma Thurman, how I love thee - however imperfect you may be. This movie seems only to become more relevant with age. As genetic engineering becomes more prevalent, one can always look back to the characters in this movie for morale guidance.

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