Friday, December 20, 2013

Gattaca (1997)

IMDb plot summary: A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Directed by Andrew Niccol. Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, and Gore Vidal.

I do enjoy slightly philosophical sci-fi quite a lot. Although parts of this movie felt a little rushed and underdeveloped (particularly the romance angle), I enjoyed the general premise and found myself really rooting for Ethan Hawke's character. The final few moments of the movie were a truly satisfying series of shots - and the soundtrack was truly superb, bringing out the emotion of the moment. I've been a fan of Andrew Niccol's writing for some time now in movies, and this is another solid effort from him. It may not blow me away like The Truman Show, but I did enjoy it. 3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #802 out of 1972, below School of Rock and above Clueless.


justanotherabbigail said...

I saw this movie for the first time in biology in high school and it has really stuck with me. Glad you enjoyed it!

Fun fact: The letters "GATTACA" are the first letters of the four different protein bases that make up DNA: Guanine, Adenine, Thymine, and Cytosine. :)

Hannah M said...

Well, that's a fun tidbit. I hadn't caught that! Thanks for sharing :)