Utopia or Dystopia Film Review- Gattaca

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Utopia or Dystopia Film Review- Gattaca

Welcome back your listening to 104.7 FM Radio National Breakfast and it is time for films with Jane Smith. Today I’ll be reviewing Gattaca, There is no gene for the human spirit. Gattaca enters the same category as Contact (1997). Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law Gattaca is a Science Fiction film about a possible future dystopian world. The movie draws on what it means to be human and the concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and takes the possible consequences of such technological development to the extreme. It also delves into the idea of destiny and the ways it can and does govern lives. This film has been constructed very cleverly with many things having hidden meanings, a perfect example is the title Gattaca in the opening credits the letters GATC are highlighted, these leters are used to lable DNA strands. Sutle hints continue throughout the picture.

The Gattaccan world is a scary example of a world valuing genectic engineering and eugentics it presents a new kind of discrimination “we’ve now got discrimination down to a science”. Children are no longer a product of there parents, they are only the best parts. Gattacca is a world accepting only genectic perfection “My father was right. It didn't matter how much I lied on my résumé, my real C.V. was in my cells. Why should anybody invest all that money to train me, when there are a thousand other applicants with a far cleaner profile? Of course, it's illegal to discriminate –“Genoism" it's called - but no one takes the laws seriously.” development in technology made easy identification “If you refuse to disclose, they can always take a sample from a doorhandle... or a handshake… even the saliva of your application form. But for the most part we know who we are. And if all else fails, a legal drug test can just as easily become an illegal peek at your future in the company.”

Hawke plays Vincent Freeman a utero,...
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