Gattaca - Last Swim

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Selected scene: The last competition between Anton and Vincent The sea was much more powerful and had huge waves, which indicates the two young boy was now grown up and they had to face a bigger sea – the real world There was no longer any seaweed. There were no more obstacles in Vincent’s way to stop him taking on his disguise. The real world was now open equally to both of them. The whole scene was in darkness. This created a sinister atmosphere, in which Vincent was in. Nevertheless, he was in control, he was stronger than the dark, he was not afraid of it. The theme music was the same as the last competition they had – which indicates a similar situation with the same results – this plays as a reminder and a connection to the previous competition. The more they were grown up, the stronger Vincent was. The last competition was totally unexpected for Vincent, this one he intended to use it to prove his strength and determination. The music was also the film’s theme, which indicates this competition played a very important part in the movie. It was mainly sad, but sometimes exciting – indicating some ray of hope. The long shots reflected little human shapes against the nature- the huge sea. However, compared to the last swim, this time the shots seem to be closer. Human shapes became less insignificant in the sea. Last time they were two little boys, now they were two men. They were mature and they were capable of doing significant things. Vincent believed there was the other side of the sea – the other side that represents his dream, his improbable goal and also the ultimate strength that helped him go through all obstacles. The other side is like his safe harbour, where everything can happen, where there is no discrimination against him or anyone. His brother, on the other hand, never believed in something that he was not capable of, and he easily got scared and failed. The amazing motivation that helped Vincent win was to ‘never save anything for swim back’....
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