I read about ‘Gattaca’ in Film-maker James Cameron’s biography ‘The Futurist: The life and films of James Cameron’. This movie was mentioned as one of the first films in ‘tech-noir’ (Sci-fi and film noir) genre in the vein of ‘The Terminator’, Of which I am big fan. So I got curious and decided to check it out.
‘Gattaca’, A Science-fiction thriller, stars Ethan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Therman . The movie is set in a not too distant future where parents determine the genetic features of their children and the society is divided into two classes based on who has superior genes. This is the era of ‘Genoism’, as Ethan Hawke’s character vincent puts it. Vincent, a genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a genetically superior man, Jerome (Jude Law), in order to fulfill his dream of space travel. The movie tells the tale of the struggle of a man to fulfill his dream, who is not only being told all his life that he can’t do it but also that he doesn’t even possess the genes to do it.
The movie represents the best of sci-fi genre. Like ‘The Terminator’, its one of those Science-Fiction movies which present us a future which can actually come true.
A great sci-fi story, a thrilling cat and mouse game involving a murder mystery and little bit of social commentry. I love these kind of movies. If you are into Science-fiction, ‘Gattaca’ is a must watch.
Quick trivia: Hey Science nerds, can you recognise what’s special about ‘Gattaca’, the title of the movie?
Can’t see it? The name “Gattaca” is composed entirely of the letters used to label the nucleotide bases of DNA, the four nitrogen bases of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) are adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C), and guanine (G). Nice touch, Team ‘Gattaca’.
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