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Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin and Jude Law star in this engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Hawke stars as Vincent, an "In-Valid" who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.
Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognized as one of the most intelligent science fiction films of the 1990s. Writer-director Andrew Niccol, the talented New Zealander who also wrote the acclaimed Jim Carrey vehicle The Truman Show, depicts a near-future society in which one's personal and professional destiny is determined by one's genes. In this society, "Valids" (genetically engineered) qualify for positions at prestigious corporations, such as Gattaca, which grooms its most qualified employees for space exploration. "In-Valids" (naturally born), such as the film's protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), are deemed genetically flawed and subsequently fated to low-level occupations in a genetically caste society. With the help of a disabled "Valid" (Jude Law), Vincent subverts his society's social and biological barriers to pursue his dream of space travel; any random mistake--and an ongoing murder investigation at Gattaca--could reveal his plot. Part thriller, part futuristic drama and cautionary tale, Gattaca establishes its social structure so convincingly that the entire scenario is chillingly believable. With Uma Thurman as the woman who loves Vincent and identifies with his struggle, Gattaca is both stylish and smart, while Jude Law's performance lends the film a note of tragic and heartfelt humanity. --Jeff Shannon
I don't know many people who have seen this jewel. It's not an action movie but a deep, true science fiction. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Wolf Vanzandt
Great movie. I show my students this every year. Thought-provoking.Published 22 days ago by College Student
Underated film with modern appeal and topic. Great art direction, casting, script and wardrobe design. See IN TIME from the same director Andrew Niccol. Awesome.Published 27 days ago by Stephen Gill
I love the portrayal of humanity in this movie.This movie perfectly portrays humanities depth, flaws and determination to obtain dreams no matter what circumstances stand it our... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin Renee
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|Did the Gattaca Special Edition come with any case inserts?||
Yeah, there is no insert. Gattaca deserves a better release, but this latest one is definitely the best so far. Really like the box art too.
Feb 17, 2009 by Leif Sheppard | See all 2 posts