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Gattaca takes science fiction to a whole new gene pool of ideas. We all know where Sci-Fi movies stand nowadays, laser-beams, alien-invaders, and hyperspace-travel. But what is different about Gattaca you ask? Does it bring new ideas to the table? I can answer with confidence, it does!

In a world where ones’ genetic profile is used to determine a person’s career and livelihood, Jerome Morrow, Navigator first class (Ethan Hawke), will be flying out to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons for Gattaca, the space exploration academy. Only he is not Jerome Morrow… Vincent Freeman is a young man who, genetically speaking, stands against all odds as the rest of society looks down upon him because he is an ‘Invalid’. This fact only drives Vincent to break the shackles of his past. Using Jerome Eugene Morrow’s (Jude Law) DNA, he is able to turn himself into a fully capable astronaut with a genetic quota second to none. Set out to go into space he is edging closer to his dream of exploring the planets of the solar system. Three days from launch things take a turn for the unexpected and the director for the mission has been murdered and now Vincent
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evil”. When being asked what is his attraction to fake utopias Niccol responds: “One of the things that attracted me to this particular story is the ambiguity of it.” We can all agree that this choice in story breaks the Meta for sci-fi, also affecting the flavour of the film. Take the laws of Gattaca’s society. As the story uncoils we scorn the Valid for their Hypocrisy towards discrimination, and how exclusive working environments are toward the Invalid. Then the black and white become grey, and we start wondering if this society is better in certain ways than our own. Ultimately is leaves us making up our own conclusion to the story… Which is more than you could say for the good old Hollywood holiday

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