• Gattaca
  • Gattaca


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Director: Andrew Niccol

Cast: Andrew Niccol, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin


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New Zealand screenwriter Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) made his feature directorial debut with this science fiction drama, set in a future when one's life is determined by genetic engineering rather than education or experience. The wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants. People are designed to fit into whatever role is decided before…  See more details below


New Zealand screenwriter Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) made his feature directorial debut with this science fiction drama, set in a future when one's life is determined by genetic engineering rather than education or experience. The wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants. People are designed to fit into whatever role is decided before birth. But what happens when someone desires another way of life? Citizens in this impersonal future-world are fashioned as perfect specimens, so those in the natural-born minority are viewed as inferior to the pre-planned perfect specimens (aka "Valids") who dominate. One of the natural-borns (aka "In-Valids"), Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), has several defects (poor vision, emotional problems, and short 30-year life expectancy), but he also develops a different outlook on his pre-ordained fate. He yearns to break free from society's constraints, and he dreams of a journey into space as a Gattaca Corp. navigator. To accomplish his goal, he enlists the aid of DNA broker German (Tony Shalhoub) and makes contact with Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), who was paralyzed in an accident and is willing to sell his superior genetic materials. Vincent assumes Jerome's identity and is scheduled for a flying mission. However, a week before his flight, a Gattaca mission director is murdered, and all members of the program are the suspects. Meanwhile, he develops a romantic interest in a beautiful Valid, Irene (Uma Thurman), prevented from going into space because of her heart defect. Tracked by a relentless investigator who is methodically jigsawing all the pieces together, Jerome finds his aspirations dissolving into stardust.

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All Movie Guide - Sarah Sloboda
Elegantly accompanied by an award-winning soundtrack, this "mood piece" utilizes a futuristic and stylized setting to reveal a universal tale of human struggle. Gattaca's cerebral tone comes off more dramatic than science fiction-oriented, manifesting explorations of both the human psyche and the human soul through the moral clashing of the characters. Jude Law portrays the wheelchair-bound Jerome Morrow with signature intensity, bringing forth themes of the pain of a failed perfectionist. In fact, the Vincent character (Ethan Hawke) is solitary in his convictions to make his own goals and decide his own level of perfection. While the onscreen romance between Vincent and Irene (Uma Thurman) seems less than ebullient at times, the film makes a case for placing emphasis on individuality over love story. Stylistically enthralling, the elaborate sets are complemented by the strange yellow tint of the film to complete the feel of existing in another time, and also earned the movie two Academy Award nominations for best set design in 1997. Gattaca explores relationships, values, and family issues, all through the eyes of a character who has clearly defined for himself what his life should be like, regardless of the values imposed on him by others. The box office proved ungracious towards this psychological treasure, although its writer (Andrew Niccol) would be better received with The Truman Show (1998), which explored similar thematic realms.

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Special Features

New "welcome to gattaca featurette"; Original featurette; Substance test outtake; New "do not alter?" documentary; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethan Hawke Vincent Freeman
Uma Thurman Irene
Alan Arkin Detective Hugo
Jude Law Jerome Morrow
Loren Dean Anton
Xander Berkeley Dr. Lamar
Gore Vidal Director Joseph
Jayne Brook Marie
Elias Koteas Antonio
Chad Christ Young Vincent
William Lee Scott Young Anton
Tony Shalhoub German
Ernest Borgnine Caesar
Gabrielle Reece Gattaca Trainer
Blair Underwood Geneticist
Michael Nyman Conductor

Technical Credits
Andrew Niccol Director,Screenwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Churgin Editor
Gary P. D'Amico Special Effects
Danny DeVito Producer
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Sarah Knowles Art Director
Joshua Levinson Associate Producer
Gail Lyon Co-producer
Francine Maisler Casting
Stephan Vonhase Mihalik Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Nye Set Decoration/Design
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Michael Shamberg Producer
Stacey Sher Producer
John R. Woodward Asst. Director

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Gattaca 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of my favorites. I watched it in my biology class in the beginning of the school year and i fell in love with it. It is one of those "what if" movies, that really get your mind thinking. It has amazing actors, its funny and there is even romance. This movie just is amazing awesome, i can't get enough of it. It really shows the direction in which our world is going .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't remember what I expected when I first saw this film over ten years ago. What I do rememeber, however, was being blown away by how poignant and spiritual the movie turned out to be. It may be an everyday story of someone who is unsatisfied with his lot in life, and chooses extreme measures to attain that which no one said he could. Do not let the science fiction backdrop of the story fool you this film is about human nature at it's most ambitious, exposing parts of our psyche that have been there since there was an "us". The synopsis is a click away, so I won't go into deep detail about this movie. One may read about the conclusion and think it's not worth seeing because the end is spoiled. Actually, it's the journey the characters take to get to the end that is most appreciated. How each one has their own personal demons to deal with, even in a society where perfection is afforded to those who can afford it. This movie is most definately underappreciated in these days of remakes and adaptations and reality tv. I would recommend it to anyone who aspires to be more than they were born.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We watched this in my science class and it was amazing! You should watch it just to see Jude Law and his beautifulness. :)
The-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Fiction becoming more relevant. Gattaca was a fictional movie a decade ago and the idea of genetic engineering had been science fiction for quite some time, but here they show us a future where a science team set to  explore a moon in space is upbrought almost entirely through artificial insemination, using the best genes as a requirement for employment. They quickly began to shun "god child's" as primitive forms of procreation, but find out that the highly motivated godchild is able to compete and is even selected to be an astronaut. Nowadays, it is becoming more and more common to see people selecting genes to upbring children and even paying a hundred grand for a chance to have genes mixed in for their baby. Although the movie is pretty dark it still displays a cutting edge idea that was manifested by authors like Aldous Huxley.
AnonymousZ More than 1 year ago
Gattaca is the perfect example of mans cognitive dissonance with progression and imperfection. The battle between wanting more and being your best and then realizing you are your best. You have to watch it. It will change the way you see yourself.
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It's not hard, if you really want to, to pick holes in this film: the genetically superior employees of the Gattaca Corporation are ridiculously suave, and some of the heavy sibling rivalry of the Ethan Hawke character seems contrived. Still this is a beautiful-looking, imaginative, and humane picture. Ethan Hawke really doesn't handle himself like a great actor here, but it's worth giving him the benefit of the doubt. Uma Thurman is fine and Jude Law's is incontestably the best performance. A modest, thoughtful piece of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From a younger standpoint, this movie was very good. It was entertaining and interesting to see a possible future for mankind. Then it brought up some excellent points on genetic engineering. I really enjoyed watching this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gattaca was an excellent movie, in which Vincent takes on the personality of Jerome Morrow to fulfill his dreams... going to space. It tells the story of how the technology of the future will shape the way that we could see human beings.. only by the DNA that they have and their chances of inheriting certain traits. Jerome falls in love with Irene one of his co-workers, and you see all the situations that they go through together, and how their relationship grows stronger. However while all this takes place, a murder is committed, and you see the government comes in to solve the crime. To see if Vincent gets caught stealing the identity (that is stille illegal in the future) of the Jerome Morrow, go rent the movie today!! you will be glad that you did!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is outstanding! We are actually watching this movie in my freshman (high school) biology class right now as were are studying genetics. The whole class loves it. It is a very interesting movie. A lot can be learned from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been using the film Gattaca in my freshman high school biology class for ther past four years as an introduction to bio - ethics. The themes brought forward in the film lead to great discussions in class. After viewing the film, I have the students then ''decode'' the film's title - which is made up of the four different letters of DNA base pairs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best sci-fi futuristic movies of all time. You must watch more than once! Good to show students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great, ive loved it since the first time i saw it, and i enjoy it every time i watch it. I think that everyone should see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretentious, plodding, tired theme packaged in horrendous cinematographic effect make this dull mess all but unwatchable. People are unhappy with their lives and will do anything to change their lot. This is news? Your time is better spent with stories such as "Harrison Bergeron" in Kurt Vonnegut's collection "Welcome to the Monkey House", which also includes "Who Am I This Time" and "Miss Temptation" for more insight on misfit personalities. Afterwards, if you still miss Gattica, you can get a can of sepia colored paint, pour it on the wall and watch it dry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite films, richly blessed in its directing, acting, and cinematography. As colleagues and lovers, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman give elegantly exacting performances, and I believe Jude Law makes his film debut here, as a genetically perfect, emotionally complex man. This movie deserves to be seen a number of times, to appreciate its subtle beauty and flow and the poignant hope that it inspires.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I often refer to Gattaca as a glimpse of what our future could become or as a film adaptation of Huxley’s' "A Brave New World". Perfection or rather striving toward perfection is all around us. We're constantly bombarded on television, radio and print with images of the "ideal" person. We see the effects that such media has on children and adults alike eating disorders, cosmetic surgery, etc. Now imagine a world where parents could systematically choose the gender, height, skin tone, and hair color of their offspring a world where diseases are eradicated at the genetic level before birth. This is the world that Gattaca presents a world of the have’s and the have not’s. Really, I loved Gattaca because of the struggles presented between Vincent and his genetically gifted brother Anton Irene and her flawed heart Jerome and his crippled body. Gattaca does a fantastic job or displaying the human spirit and the aspirations of those born to lesser means. Highly recommended.
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
Gattaca, a film by Andrew Niccol and starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law is a sci-fi thriller with the power to inspire! The world of Gattaca is the not too distant future in which genetic engineering turns discrimination into a science and creates a genetically inferior underclass. Hawke's character Vincent, strives against all odds and ultimately inspires with his will to overcome and his determination to show the potential of what it is to be simply human. He defies the naysayers who insist he has limited potential and astounds everyone on his way to achieve his dream to one day travel into space as a mission specialist for Gattaca. The film is filled with memorable scenes that are empowering and motivating. This is one of my all time favorite movies. A very amazing film!
bookjunkie69 More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, I can watch it over and over!
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