And then I suddenly realized. Though the future tense is implied in this film, I prefer to see it as more of a speculation on what might have happened if real world imperial-colonial powers of the early to mid-20th century had fully carried out their fledgling eugenics programs to a logical extreme. His drama parallels Vincent's, because if either one is caught they'll both go down together. Or does someone believe that science can create many ultra wise soon-to-become presidents or persons who will make many important inventions in the future? Niccol wrote and directed a quality movie and he will be remembered for it. It's a very emotional and dramatical film. Ethan Hawkes is fine in this, and so is Uma Thurman, but since everyone is supposed to be a bit machine-like, we can't expect highly emotional performances, even when they are making love not shown.
Vincent has always seen something in a rival in his brother, because his brother is their dad's favorite, and he seems to have everything going for him. But Gattaca, by comparison, is so intent on dulling the comic book aspects that are a little bit at play, in favor of the sterile future that may or may not ever happen, it chills the whole experience. It wisely stresses the subtle theological questions of whether man ought to tamper with God's work, and whether the result would be a better society, or a better humanity. It became critically ignored, which I can not understand at all. Alan Arkin certainly gets the post-modern detective award, wearing a long coat and bowler inside at all times, as all detectives should, and he's clever but not quite clever enough to solve the crime. It creates a sense of timelessness by using almost featureless sets reminiscent of a classical play and paraphernalia re-cycled from other times such as the cars and the back-projection displays. Some other comments compare it to Blade Runner or 1984.
Jude Law and Uma Thurman compliment an all around superb cast. The retro-style art direction, script, acting, music, and lighting all brought to life, much too chillingly, a cold and soulless world where the content of your genes counted for everything while the content of your character counted for nothing. Most profound is the way in which the paralysed Jerome actually becomes an immortal, historical space-farer Vincent, destroying his mortal self to do so, leaving as his legacy the realisations by the other man of his dreams. This builds a two-tier story around Vincent trying to pass off as a valid and around the murder investigation of the space programme's director. Cinematography is top notch, the script is coherent and clever at the same time, the music is absolutely beautiful, actors do a fine job, the directing of Niccol keeps everything in check. Rather scenes of the completely anodyne. This is a work which I am convinced Ayn Rand would have enjoyed.
Now I had figured out by this time that there were likely to be other intriguing little details I've missed, so I was fascinated to read from another reviewer here about the boy Vincent falling with a toy rocket in his hand. Far from just being an unrealistic portrayal of what the future will hold, 'Gattaca' questions the ideals of mankind, the principles of civilization and leaves us to wonder what we, as a society are truly striving for. Whether it's the disturbingly familiar future-society that the film depicts, the ethical and moral nightmare scenarios that it entails, or something subliminally appealing, this piece of film found its audience and cemented its place in history. Many will dislike it for the same reason. In terms of the science fiction, the futuristic elements and technologies are all really well done and developed, plus all are very interesting ideas that may seem implausible now, but could be fact in just a matter of time. Just as people have been judged for centuries by the color of their skin, Gattaca predicts that in the future there will be a more subtle discrimination.
Biopunk future meets tech-noir in this thought provoking and intelligent piece of sci-fi. Stuff like this unfortunately don't come too often from Hollywood, and I think that Gattaca too wasn't very successful at the box office, because stupid mainstream couldn't find anything interesting in it. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel. Vincent assumes Jerome's identity and is scheduled for a flying mission. A haunting musical score goes well with the feeling of the film. The parallels of the lift-off and the incineration, so calmly done, and the second swimming contest at night are both ludicrous if only because they are so heavy-handed.
However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. Since this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an action-oriented film, there is no need for the typical sci-fi gimmagery. I am honestly shocked that i had never heard of this film before my friend told me about it, i thought it would of had as much publicity as one of the same genre, as minority report, but unfortunately it didn't. To do the wrong, obviously, yet aptly. The thing that matters most is Vincent's dream and the social inequalities that prevent him from actualizing it, and this is made very clear from beginning to end. They are attracted to one another, but romance in this world can be dangerous; after kissing a man, a woman is likely to have his saliva swabbed from her mouth so she can test his prospects.
Loren Dean is good as Vincent's brother loved the swimming scenes. Heywood Floyd Roy Scheider , Walter Curnow John Lith gow and R. This movie does a number of ingenious and remarkable things : 1. Hawke's narration provides very good atmosphere for the film as he talks about the way of the world in this eerie future and the film's theme is very secure, with events such as the murder being practically irrelevant. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the one capable of overthrowing it. Gattaca is very wise and contemplative film and deals with important themes of personality, privacy, happiness of being a human and having a personality , friendship and living in our world and after it. He enlists a friend, bodyguard Mace Angela Bassett , to help find the killer — and the two soon stumble upon a vast conspiracy involving the police force Nero once worked for.
I loved the designs, and the film feels very polished, and stylish, plus i loved the scenes between Vincent and his brother Anton they were great. I too admit that I would've wanted the story to be more gripping and intense, but then again that certain subtlety is one of the strengths of this film. The quality of the film is not described in big action scenes or special effects but in philosophical questions of our society. This is a great fascinating little flick, that i throughly enjoyed, and i can see why it's so popular, i highly suggest you see this, it's worth it. Uma Thurmond, Ethan Hawke and Jude Law lend powerful performances to this film, and the love that grows between them - forged in Hawke's struggle to maintain the pretense of genetic perfection he requires to fulfill his career ambitions to become an astronaut - allows the human story behind the sci-fi to saturate the film.
It being a science fiction film helps make it more effective by allowing us to feel the emotions of the characters with little of our own history getting in the way. He gets his chance when Digicorp hires him as a corporate spy. Its hero is a man who challenges the system. Nevermind that the budget wasn't big, everything is handled with care. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. He may be paralyzed from the waist down, but after all, as the movie observes, you don't need to walk in space.