Gattaca is often portrayed as a quest film. A quest film is defined as “a character that is on a journey or adventure with an ultimate goal in mind of completing a task or to obtain an object of significance.” (Merriam-Webster, 2012) The quest often involves overcoming challenges and to do this the character learn something about him/her-self and this then aids them on their “quest”. Being a quest film, Gattaca shares many characteristics that are often found in other movies of a similar genre. Examples of these include – Pirates of the Caribbean and In Time. Pirates of the Caribbean, is told with the protagonist as Captain Jack Sparrow on a quest to help him obtain immortality. The characters in both Pirates of the Caribbean and Gattaca share many similar traits; they are both after a strongly desired goal and will take the necessary risks to succeed. Gattaca, being produced in 1997, had many cutting edge ideas with such vision leading directors of the time. It was set in what was though the not so distant future of today would look like. It gives us an insight into a world based around the genetically superior, where genes are all that matter. The main character Vincent Freeman has dreamt of becoming an astronaut his whole life but, due to being conceived naturally and receiving a life expectancy of 30 years. He is cast aside in society, labelled a “Degenerate” and “Invalid”. Vincent soon learns he will never be able to move ahead in life; to fulfil his dream Vincent uses a “Borrowed ladder” from a genius named Jerome Eugene Morrow, who is a paraplegic due to an accident overseas. The term a “Borrowed Ladder” comes as the protagonist Vincent impersonates the life of Jerome thus using his identity. After months of special care, training and changes to his looks, Vincent enters the Aerospace Corporation known as “Gattaca”. Impersonating Jerome, Freeman becomes the company’s top navigator with a perfect record...
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