December '15 Movie of the Month: GATTACA

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Gattaca Review:

Something really surprised me right when the opening credits started rolling: I've seen this before! I had to watch it in science class when I was in 11th grade I think? I barely remembered it but when I turned it on and it started playing a long-dormant memory suddenly sprang forth. I only remembered just a handful of scenes and lines. I said earlier that I watched a scene of it on TV not too long ago but I didn't remember that scene at all. The opening credits though made me remember almost instantly.

Anyways, on to the movie! Something that I did like about the movie was the music, the score in the opening credits made an impression on me, and the score in the rest of the movie was very good as well. It was a good contrast to the futuristic setting presented throughout.

The set pieces were good and gave the sci-fi element a very industrial feel. There are no flying cars, laser guns, or any flashy gadgets but a bunch of machines that have to do with genetic engineering. Ones that determine whether you are genetically superior or a "de-gene-erate" that is unfit for any of the higher end jobs.

Which takes me to the story, which follows Vincent Freeman (played by Ethan Hawke) who was "naturally born" which meant that he is prone to many health issues that babies who are genetically born are immune to. Freeman dreams of going into space, but his health issues keep him from ever being able to pursue a career in space exploration, especially the fact that he is predicted to only have a 30-year lifespan. The movie follows Freeman's journey as he infiltrates the Gatacca space program by posing as another person named Jerome Morrow (played by Jude Law) who is genetically "valid" for the job but suffered an accident oversees that left him paralyzed.

As I watched it however—I started to realize why I had forgotten about ever seeing it. The story is very slow-paced and things seem to unfold very slowly. My younger self would not have appreciated a movie like this. I'm still not a huge fan of the beginning, which covers Vincent's upbringing, especially the sibling rivalry between Vincent and his "genetically superior" younger brother Anton. I found myself just not caring much for Vincent, and it wasn't until he actually got to Gattaca that it picked up for me.

At Gatacca is where Irene Cassini (played by Uma Thurman) comes in, who's Vincent's co-worker and love interest. Thurman does a good enough job in this, but her character never seems to have a huge purpose besides just being the love interest of Vincent, so there doesn't seem to be much else to say about her performance.

Surprisingly for me, Jude Law's character Jerome Morrow was my favorite in the movie. It's surprising for me because there's been a few movies that Jude Law played in where I didn't like him at all. Playing the disgruntled, wheelchair-bound, former swimming star that Vincent takes the name and genetics of worked well for me though. Jerome is a sympathetic character who also delivers the few comedic-relief lines within the movie.

The big twist the movie has is when, while Vincent is posing as Jerome and is well on his way of getting on board a space mission, the director of the mission is suddenly found murdered. What makes things worse for Vincent is that they caught some of his DNA near the scene which tells the police that an "invalid" is among them and is the leading suspect in the director's murder.

The rest of the movie is about Vincent trying to dodge the police while simultaneously trying to protect his identity until he can fulfill his dream of finally traveling into space.

This to me is more of an artsy science fiction film, telling more of an intellectual story than one with space battles or robots or aliens. It tells more about technological advances and how it could affect society in the "not-too-distant future" as the movie puts it. I can definitely see why some people are big fans of this movie. It is pretty unique among sci-fi films and offers something different.

This type of movie isn't really up my alley, like I said earlier it's very slow-paced and there's not much excitement to it. After seeing it and thinking about it a bit more though, I do have an appreciation for it and the interesting world and style it created. Big thanks to Yoda for picking this out! This one definitely deserves a watch, cause I feel that there are many members here that will appreciate this style of movie.





Nice review Writer!
Thank you cricket! I feel like I could've done better with it, but this is actually a pretty tough movie to write about!



False Writer, I liked how you gave your impressions of the characters, (which ones had impact on you and which didn't.) I find that interesting because now when I watch the film I will see if I have the same reaction or not.

I requested this from my library but there was 4 holds, so I hope I get it before the end of the month.



False Writer, I liked how you gave your impressions of the characters, (which ones had impact on you and which didn't.) I find that interesting because now when I watch the film I will see if I have the same reaction or not.

I requested this from my library but there was 4 holds, so I hope I get it before the end of the month.
Thanks for the feedback Citizen! I hope you're able to get a hold of it. I have a feeling that you'd like it because, to me at least, it sort of has a classic film structure to it that's surrounded by a sci-fi setting.



2 weeks in and I'm still the only one that has watched this?? C'mon MoFos you can do better than that!



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Love this flick. I have seen it over a dozen times.
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I watched Gattaca over a week ago, but I've just been too busy to write anything about it.

It's a good sci-fi movie, but the slow pace gave the movie a nice thriller feel to it too. It took me a while to warm up to Jude Law's character, but he gets better as the movie progresses. I thought the romance part wasn't really fleshed out very well, and it should either have been expanded or cut out of the movie completely. There were a couple of good twists that I didn't see coming.

Overall, I liked this movie a lot. It's been on my watchlist for a while, and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to watch it.

Great pick.



I watched Gattaca over a week ago, but I've just been too busy to write anything about it.

It's a good sci-fi movie, but the slow pace gave the movie a nice thriller feel to it too. It took me a while to warm up to Jude Law's character, but he gets better as the movie progresses. I thought the romance part wasn't really fleshed out very well, and it should either have been expanded or cut out of the movie completely. There were a couple of good twists that I didn't see coming.

Overall, I liked this movie a lot. It's been on my watchlist for a while, and I'm glad that I finally got a chance to watch it.

Great pick.
Cool gb, thanks for sharing!



False Writer, I liked how you gave your impressions of the characters, (which ones had impact on you and which didn't.) I find that interesting because now when I watch the film I will see if I have the same reaction or not.

I requested this from my library but there was 4 holds, so I hope I get it before the end of the month.
Maybe it's got so many holds because it's the MoFo Movie of the Month?

When I think of "cerebral sci-fi" Gattaca's always the first movie that comes to mind.



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I remember watching this in High School and thinking that it was kind of lame, but watched a couple years ago at the behest of my girlfriend. Pleasantly surprised about sums it up, the one scene that stands out vividly to me is when EH and JL swim out into the ocean near the end (I don't wanna give anything away). Overall it was a good film, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman were both great in this movie. Not really my cup of tea for a re-watch, but I give credit where it's due.
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I remember watching this in High School and thinking that it was kind of lame, but watched a couple years ago at the behest of my girlfriend. Pleasantly surprised about sums it up, the one scene that stands out vividly to me is when EH and JL swim out into the ocean near the end (I don't wanna give anything away). Overall it was a good film, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman were both great in this movie. Not really my cup of tea for a re-watch, but I give credit where it's due.
That wasn't Jude Law actually, it was
WARNING: "GATTACA" spoilers below
Anton Freeman (Loren Dean) who was Ethan Hawke's character's brother in the movie.



Maybe it's got so many holds because it's the MoFo Movie of the Month?

When I think of "cerebral sci-fi" Gattaca's always the first movie that comes to mind.
I was actually thinking the same thing,that thanks to MoFo the movie got more request. I've noticed that with movies in the Hofs. A lot of people view this site without being members so there might be why so many people had requested it.



Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?
I actually have this one in my collection and have re-watched this quite a number of times.

I always enjoy coming back to this movie; While the pacing may be considered slow, I feel it is quite apropos for the storytelling.

The camera work is very well done, bringing you both the ambiance of the world, but the very human natures of those who reside in it.

I enjoyed, not only the main characters, but a lot of the lesser characters. Such as the doctor who monitor's Ethan's character to Ernest Borgine's janitor. Its these minor characters that bring so much as the story really begins to unfold near the climax.

It's an excellent cerebral sci-fi where human willpower rises above the restraints of what science dictates.

Thanks Yoda for picking this one