Gattaca

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Released 1997

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Director:
Andrew Niccol
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
Gattacca is a 1997 science fiction film starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law in a story about a society where scientists can tell everything about a person based on their DNA, and people’s lives are determined by their genetic predispositions. Hawke plays Vincent Freeman, a man whose genes say he’s inferior to the genetic elite that run most organizations. He dreams of being an astronaut but because of genetic screening he can’t get admitted to any aerospace programs. Despite what his genes say, he believes in his own abilities and uses DNA samples from a disabled athlete (Law) to fool his superiors into thinking he’s predisposed to physical greatness. If he can fool everyone into thinking he’s genetically elite, he may be able to achieve his dreams and disprove the current discriminatory standards. Gattacca is a modern science fiction classic that tells a gripping story about the power of the human soul.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    A handsome and fully imagined work of cautionary futuristic fiction.

  • 80

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Gattaca, New Zealander helmer Andrew Niccol's impressive feature debut, is an intelligent and timely sci-fi thriller that, with the exception of some illogical plot contrivances, i...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Niccol's script, which has the earnest simplicity of a freshman philosophy paper, is merely naked exploitation, a sci-fi snow job that projects a contemporary ethical question--wou...

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    for geeks, for nerds, light science fiction, genetic mutations, futuristic technology