Monday, September 26, 2011

Gattaca (1997)

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.

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this when it came out...on VHS. It is always good Sci-fi movie that has a story as opposed to splosions. Didn't I write the same comment about Contact?


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