Gattaca (1997)

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In a future society where a person’s worth is judged by their designer genes, a would-be astronaut forms an illegal partnership with a crippled Olympic athlete to cheat the system, but they are threatened with exposure when the mission director is murdered.

Gattaca is one of those thoughtful, concept sci-fis that trades special effects and action sequences for ideas and a commentary on the human condition. Gattaca is set in a world where our status is defined by the quality of our genes and explores the idea postulating that a person’s dreams and ambitions can make us more than the physical shells we inhabit. Its elegant visuals reflect the society of perfection it represents and the fine performances by Ethan Hawke and Jude Law make for a moving and engaging story of a symbiotic relationship between an individual society has shunned and its arrogant, embittered “elite”, who finds different pressures in his need to be seen as flawless.

Add a beautiful score and an intelligent, thought provoking script and you have the kind of science fiction of which I wish there was more.

8.5/10

 

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