There are many examples of scientific advances in Gattaca. The main advance is genetic engineering and the ability to extract potential diseases of faults' from a persons DNA, and the ability to conduct DNA testing within seconds rather than the weeks that it currently takes. Other advances include using solar power as the main energy source, electric cars and regular, frequent space travel. Science has been able to eliminate physical imperfections but even the strict and harsh environment of Gattaca cannot remove or limit human emotions and frailties.
This film shows that while technology can eradicate many physical imperfections it is actually Gattaca itself which forces people to resort to flawed' behaviour. The first scene in which we see Gattaca we see expressionless, robotic workers, uniform in manner and dress. Although there is no dialogue here we are aware the
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Eugene is a man taking a course of action, which while painful, is the only real and viable option for a man in his position, living in a society where only perfection is acceptable. " If society did not have "discrimination down to a science" Vincent would not have to resort to these measures. Eugene is crippled due to a botched suicide attempt "you know I wasn't drunk, when I stepped out in front of that car". He says to Jerome "If I'm going to get arrested tomorrow, I'm going out tonight" shows extreme courage as does the way he calmly gives urine and blood samples knowing that if something goes wrong his life is ruined and he will never achieve his goal. He is reading a book on careers in space and his father callously states "the... [continues]
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