Gattaca

Gattaca

DVD - 1997
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Story about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Vincent is 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.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1997.
ISBN: 9780767805711
0767805712
Characteristics: 1 Videodisc (DVD) (107 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Gattaca (Motion picture)

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humbleworm
Jan 17, 2018

This 1997 film deals with some very real ethical concerns about genetic screening and, obviously, the plot would be uninteresting without conflict so the issues are taken to a logical extreme. To put this in some context, the human genome project started in 1990 and managed to map massive sequences of 4 amino acids in the DNA samples from a few individuals by 2000. That monumental task is getting easier all the time but without correlation of sequence variants to expressed traits, we still don't know what all of it means. The scene where the doctor explains choices to the prospective parents is particularly on point.

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Derringer
Nov 01, 2017

To say that this Sci-Fi soap opera clunker could have been a whole lot better would truly be an understatement. This movie is an insult to anyone who is an intelligent thinker.

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akirakato
Mar 31, 2017

This is a 1997 American SF drama written and directed by Andrew Niccol.
It is a story of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic manipulation to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents.
The film centers on Vincent Freeman, played by Ethan Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of traveling into space.
It seems that the movie draws on concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate eugenics, and the possible consequences of such technological developments for society.
Although it is thought-provoking, the film fails to deliver the theme in a more understandable and straightforward manner.
After all, the script appears to be ill-contrived and mangled.

Aka_Aka_Aka Aug 07, 2016

OK. So there is actually quite an interesting premise and story at work here in Gattaca - A man who is not satisfied with his place in society changes his social status by taking on the identity of a guy who was genetically engineered to be "perfect"..... But you know what? This movie loses track of its own story as it flounders about for the rest of the time like a damn murder-mystery (which is boring as hell!).

The murder-mystery angle in the story is completely unnecessary and makes Gattaca tedious, pretentious and way too overlong..... Yes I know it's supposed to increase the tension because we don't know if Mister "Not-Satisfied-With-His-Life" will be found out by the police as an "in-valid" and a murder suspect. However, it occurs to me (and it should to you too) that a damn murder-mystery is not a damn science fiction movie!

Anyway - I found the "tension", as I call it, in Gattaca to be really more suited for waiting outside a Wal-Mart for a sale to begin and not at all suited for a science fiction movie.

Someone recently told us that the title comes from the four bases in the DNA sequence: Guanine, Thymine, Adenine and Cytosine.

This film was shot on location at the Marin County Civic Center.

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froggysfriend
Apr 16, 2015

I loved this movie - really enjoyable.

Vreeah_Nuw Mar 10, 2015

I enjoyed the storyline, some minor details to overcome though. Even in sci-fi. The human aspect to live one's dream, despite the odds made up for this.

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enggstem
Dec 22, 2014

DVD uses Sony flash player - if you don't have it on your system you can't watch it :(

Muzyka_14 Oct 28, 2014

Ok for a 1997 movie.

imatelly Aug 06, 2014

ive always liked this movie. but it can be a bit slow at times.

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Jan 17, 2018

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kokosowe
Jul 22, 2008

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Vreeah_Nuw Mar 10, 2015

We now have discrimination down to a science

Vreeah_Nuw Mar 10, 2015

Is that the only way you can succeed, is to see me fail?

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kokosowe
Jul 22, 2008

For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving. Maybe I'm going home.

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kokosowe
Jul 22, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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