Thursday, 1 December 2011

Gattaca (1997)

Director: Andrew Niccol
Stars: Ethan Hawke,Uma Thurman and Jude Law

"A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his life long dream of Space travel."

I think Gattaca is a brilliant and thought provoking Sci fi classic, The film is the directorial debut of Andrew Niccol and with this film Niccol has created an intelligent and mind bending film,that has been popular with critics and audiences since its release.The film features quite an intricate and detailed plot with the underlining themes Genetic cloning,sibiling rivalry and the importance of dreams and achieving them. The film is powered by great performances by Ethan Hawke,Uma Thurman and Jude Law.

Hawke plays the role of Vincent who is less than perfect genetically wise but is devoted to his dream of space travel, in listing the help of Jerome Morrow,played by Jude Law,who is genetically perfect but paraplegic as a result of a car accident,Vincent assume the identity and genes of Jerome and becomes closer to achieving his dream, although this coincides with a brutal murder and Vincent is at risk of having his true identity revealed.

A key moment in the film is the scenes chronicling Vincent's transformation into Jerome, its at this point the audience is aware how dedicated he is. I think the film portrays determination really well. The film also features a brilliant and daunting score along with narration.

I definently recommended Gattaca,I think it may be one of the best Sci Fi films of the last 20 year,It features a thought provoking story,in depth and humanized characters and great performances.


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