Gattaca

Gattaca

Blu-ray Disc - 2008
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As one of the last "natural" beings born into a genetically engineered world, Vincent Freeman has none of the 'pre-ordered' DNA that will guarantee him success. Desperate to realize his dream of exploring space, Vincent assumes the identity of a genetically superior athlete. Avoiding detection using the athlete's genetic markers, Vincent becomes a rising star at Gattaca Aerospace, attracting the attention of a beautiful co-worker. When a flight director is brutally murdered, a clue left at the crime scene threatens to shatter Vincent's plans.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008.
Edition: Blu-ray high definition special ed.
ISBN: 9781424821020
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY FICTION GAT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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An incredibly moving story about a man who battles against discrimination in a future where children are conceived through genetic manipulation. A powerful film with beautiful cinematography and score.


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akirakato
Mar 31, 2017

This is a 1997 American SF drama written and directed by Andrew Niccol.
It is a story of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic manipulation to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.
The film centers on Vincent Freeman, played by Ethan Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space.
It seems that the movie draws on concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and the possible consequences of such technological developments for society.
Although it is thought-provoking, the film fails to deliver the theme in a more understandable and straightforward manner.
After all, the script appears to be ill-contrived and mangled.

Aka_Aka_Aka Aug 07, 2016

OK. So there is actually quite an interesting premise and story at work here in Gattaca - A man who is not satisfied with his place in society changes his social status by taking on the identity of a guy who was genetically engineered to be "perfect"..... But you know what? This movie loses track of its own story as it flounders about for the rest of the time like a damn murder-mystery (which is boring as hell!).

The murder-mystery angle in the story is completely unnecessary and makes Gattaca tedious, pretentious and way too overlong..... Yes I know it's supposed to increase the tension because we don't know if Mister "Not-Satisfied-With-His-Life" will be found out by the police as an "in-valid" and a murder suspect. However, it occurs to me (and it should to you too) that a damn murder-mystery is not a damn science fiction movie!

Anyway - I found the "tension", as I call it, in Gattaca to be really more suited for waiting outside a Wal-Mart for a sale to begin and not at all suited for a science fiction movie.

Someone recently told us that the title comes from the four bases in the DNA sequence: Guanine, Thymine, Adenine and Cytosine.

This film was shot on location at the Marin County Civic Center.

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froggysfriend
Apr 16, 2015

I loved this movie - really enjoyable.

Vreeah_Nuw Mar 10, 2015

I enjoyed the storyline, some minor details to overcome though. Even in sci-fi. The human aspect to live one's dream, despite the odds made up for this.

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enggstem
Dec 22, 2014

DVD uses Sony flash player - if you don't have it on your system you can't watch it :(

Muzyka_14 Oct 28, 2014

Ok for a 1997 movie.

imatelly Aug 06, 2014

ive always liked this movie. but it can be a bit slow at times.

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ManMachine
Jul 12, 2014

Yawn-City! Here we go again with yet another crummy (yes, crummy) look at the future.

I don't know about you, but I think these (supposedly) "brilliant", set-in-the-future brainstorms that the film-industry keeps coming up with just get more and more and more stupid by the minute. They do.

Of course, a ton of money went into the making of this one and, naturally, that makes it look real bright and impressive on the surface. Yeah. All polished and shiny, just like a pretty new penny.

But if you really sit back after it's all over and seriously think the story through you're eventually struck by how absolutely preposterous it is. It may actually take 2 (or more) viewings of Gattaca before you come to your senses and agree with this conclusion.

And what makes Gattaca a real champion of the ridiculous is that the 2 actors who play switcheroo in the film don't even resemble each other one single bit. They don't! Even if I closed my eyes I could still tell these 2 men apart. I mean, who couldn't?

And since these actors are playing characters who are living in a futuristic society where the frickin' elite are so painfully anal and fanatically meticulous about everything, including someone's looks, it would be impossible that this charade of identity-deception could ever be pulled off. It couldn't. Not even if the rest of this snobbish society were, literally, certified blind.

Like, didn't the 2 non-look-alike characters even agree themselves that they didn't look at all alike!? They sure did!

The only thing that I found exceptional in Gattaca was the soundtrack. The title theme that weaved its' way through the entire picture was a powerful, moving piece of music that at times provoked strong, vibrant emotions.

btmslt Sep 25, 2013

An interesting science fiction film which seeks to tell a lot about human nature.

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Vreeah_Nuw Mar 10, 2015

We now have discrimination down to a science

Vreeah_Nuw Mar 10, 2015

Is that the only way you can succeed, is to see me fail?

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kokosowe
Jul 22, 2008

For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving. Maybe I'm going home.

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kokosowe
Jul 22, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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