Director: Andrew Niccol
Composer: Michael Nyman
Actors: Ethan Hawke (Vincent/Jerome), Jude Law (Eugene), Uma Thurman (Irene)
Genre: Science fiction
Release date: 1997
The voice-over at the start of the film announces:
“The most unremarkable of events. Jerome Morrow, navigator first class, is about to embark on a one-year manned-mission to Titan, the fourteenth moon of Saturn. A highly prestigious assignment. Although for Jerome, selection was virtually guaranteed at birth. He's blessed with all the gifts required for such an undertaking. A genetic quotient second to none. No, there is truly nothing remarkable about the progress of Jerome Morrow. Except that I am not Jerome Morrow.”
As soon as Vincent is born his blood is tested and it is announced that he has a 99% chance of dying of a heart condition by the time he is 30. From that moment on his prospects are limited by his physical imperfections.
Despite this he is determined to join Gattaca Space Academy and take part in space missions. He trains both physically and mentally for the day he can interview for a place. However, he is doomed to fail, as the interview consists only of a DNA sample which will show him to be ‘invalid’, this future world’s term for anyone born other than through IVF.
Through sheer determination, and by using Jerome Eugene Morrow’s DNA, Vincent not only joins Gattaca, he is chosen to go on a year long mission around Titan.
The film begins when a murder inside Gattaca sets in motion a train of events which threaten all that Vincent (and Jerome) have worked so hard to achieve.
The film opens with a text from the Bible – Ecclesiastes 7:13 "Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?" In the “not too distant future” it would appear than Man has indeed perfected God’s work.
This is a world in which a woman can take a swab of her lips to catch the saliva from a man’s kiss in order to have his DNA analyzed to assess his