Synopsis: Genetically inferior man undertakes elaborate, years-long charade (with bags of another man’s piss taped to his leg) for the privilege of going on a dangerous space mission.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “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.”
What Did I Learn?: In the future, all of the good jobs will be reserved for genetically-engineered humans and everyone will wear 1940s-style, double-breasted Hugo Boss suits.
You Might Like This Movie If: Your parents were named “Sperm Specimen #26” and “Egg A1010002”
Really?: Astronauts will wear suits and ties on flights to Titan? Are they trying to impress the locals?
Rating: Downbeat and depressing, Gattaca is nevertheless thoughtful science fiction, and it’s hard to not like Alan Arkin as a long-suffering murder investigator, even if he’s getting close to uncovering our hero’s fraud. 7/10 stars.