Gattaca [DVD] [1997]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (85 out of 88)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Gattaca
    New Zealand screenwriter Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) made his feature directorial debut with this science fiction drama, set in a future when one's life is determined by genetic engineering rather than education or experience. The wealthy can choose the genetic makeup of their descendants. People are designed to fit into whatever role is decided before birth. But what happens when someone desires another way of life? Citizens in this impersonal future-world are fashioned as perfect specimens, so those in the natural-born minority are viewed as inferior to the pre-planned perfect specimens (aka "Valids") who dominate. One of the natural-borns (aka "In-Valids"), Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), has several defects (poor vision, emotional problems, and short 30-year life expectancy), but he also develops a different outlook on his pre-ordained fate. He yearns to break free from society's constraints, and he dreams of a journey into space as a Gattaca Corp. navigator. To accomplish his goal, he enlists the aid of DNA broker German (Tony Shalhoub) and makes contact with Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), who was paralyzed in an accident and is willing to sell his superior genetic materials. Vincent assumes Jerome's identity and is scheduled for a flying mission. However, a week before his flight, a Gattaca mission director is murdered, and all members of the program are the suspects. Meanwhile, he develops a romantic interest in a beautiful Valid, Irene (Uma Thurman), prevented from going into space because of her heart defect. Tracked by a relentless investigator who is methodically jigsawing all the pieces together, Jerome finds his aspirations dissolving into stardust. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ethan Hawke
      Ethan Hawke - Vincent Freeman
    • Uma Thurman
      Uma Thurman - Irene
    • Alan Arkin
      Alan Arkin - Detective Hugo
    • Jude Law
      Jude Law - Jerome Morrow
    • Loren Dean
      Loren Dean - Anton



    Customer rating

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    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fascinating Futuristic Science Fiction Drama

      Posted
      Obren

      "Gattaca" was originally released in 1997 with very little publicity, but instantly collected a dedicated fanbase. Today, two decades later, the growing fanbase of this science fiction drama has dubbed it one of the most creative and unique perspectives on the future, and they're right. Director Andrew Niccol paints the picture of a future where humans are valued for little more than their DNA structures. Prospective employees must give blood samples as part of their initial interview process, allowing employers to unfairly discriminate against applicants with undesireable DNA structures (poor health, balding, heart problems, etc.). Into this picture Niccol paints Vincent, an underdog "degenerate" who will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream job: working at Gattaca Aerospace Center and flying into outter space. As the story unfolds, the audience sees just how far Vincent is willing to go to make his dreams a reality, and the consequences that arise from his actions. "Gattaca" entices its audience with an interesting storyline, and then delivers throughout the rest of the film with beautiful cinematography, well-rounded characters, and plot twists that make for an overall incredible expereince.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another Everpopular Futuristic Utopia

      Posted
      fiddler

      I watched this movie after I had read 1984 and Brave New World last year and so was expecting the brilliant future robotic utopia theme to be brought to life through motion pictures. It was not as great as I expected, as I felt the theme was just redundant and played out low-key. But thinking about this, I think that was part of the idea of the movie. To show how dull life would be if everyone was to be just like robots doing designated duties day in day out without any creativity. It was still a good movie, nevertheless. I was introduced to Ethan Hawke, an actor I like very much now. Jude Law is just great in classy roles as is Uma Thurman. Famous faces set up the expertise and class in this movie. 4 stars because I like the ideas, cause you to think, but I felt it should have been made in a more exciting manner. I'll admit to almost dozing off a few times.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Repurchased Blu-ray.

      Posted
      RaynMan2142
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      Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior "in-valid." He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered "valid." He assumes Jerome's DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent's plans. NOTES: This is an earlier released Blu-ray disc which is in dire need of a remaster. Uses an older transfer, but it's still nice.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sci-fi.

      Posted
      Washton
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      I recently bought this on Blu-ray and rewatched this classic sci-fi from 1997. It still holds up very well, even without a ton of special effects or CGI. Hawke and Thurman were perfect for their roles. I was a bit disappointed in the special features though. The specials weren't well organized/labelled and weren't well produced; Although they were interesting. Overall, I'm happy w/this buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Underrated sci fi thriller

      Posted
      Celestin

      The first time I saw this movie was in high school and it really impressed me as it relates to science, culture and it has ties to today's society. The movie has a lot of meaning to it and it makes you think if there is ever an superior human being who is not genetically perfect. The script is written flawlessly and the score is amazing good. This is my favorite film of all time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gattaca movie

      Posted
      ReggieSF

      I saw this movie when I was in college and had no idea about the plot or anything. Actually just saw for the sake of seeing a free movie from my friend! Now it is one of the top 3 movies that I love along with Fisher King. I dont want to spoil the movie for you if you havent seen the movie yet. TRUST me this movie will stay in your conciousness for a long time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Love the way Ethan does it

      Posted
      GeorgesColliding
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      It got too religious close to the end. But on the upside, Uma Thurman is gorgeous in the movie. I could see why Ethan Hawke got together with her. The cinmatography is quite great and the picture is rendered very conceptual. But like I said , it went into the religious dead end which I could not appreciate.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Sci fi! A classic!

      Posted
      lisaaus
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      I am not a big fan of sci fi and do not go out and seek it. My boys and hiusband are fans. My youngest son was recovering from surgury and we got this for him. We all watched it and loved it. It is one of those rare films I would actually watch again and again.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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