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Gattaca (Sous-titres français)

Ernest Borgnine , Loren Dean , Andrew Niccol    DVD
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Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognized as one of the most intelligent science fiction films of the 1990s. Writer-director Andrew Niccol, the talented New Zealander who also wrote the acclaimed Jim Carrey vehicle The Truman Show, depicts a near-future society in which one's personal and professional destiny is determined by one's genes. In this society, "Valids" (genetically engineered) qualify for positions at prestigious corporations, such as Gattaca, which grooms its most qualified employees for space exploration. "In-Valids" (naturally born), such as the film's protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), are deemed genetically flawed and subsequently fated to low-level occupations in a genetically caste society. With the help of a disabled "Valid" (Jude Law), Vincent subverts his society's social and biological barriers to pursue his dream of space travel; any random mistake--and an ongoing murder investigation at Gattaca--could reveal his plot. Part thriller, part futuristic drama and cautionary tale, Gattaca establishes its social structure so convincingly that the entire scenario is chillingly believable. With Uma Thurman as the woman who loves Vincent and identifies with his struggle, Gattaca is both stylish and smart, while Jude Law's performance lends the film a note of tragic and heartfelt humanity. In addition to a superb widescreen transfer, the DVD edition of Gattaca includes several deleted scenes (and one humorous outtake), which further establish the story's social context and provide additional insight into the scientific and ethical issues explored in this extraordinary film. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction For The Thinking Viewer June 24 2004
Format:DVD
Gattaca paints a future where the haves are genetically designed and the have-nots are genetically inferior with no hope of advancement. But one young man has a dream. He wants to get into space. To do this he works out and studies as hard as he is able. But all of the hard work does no good. Then he finds a way.
Occasionally one of the haves has an accident. Then it is possible to assume that person's identity armed with genetic traces, blood and urine samples and some creative surgery. Thus armed he is able to enter Gattaca (the organization responsible for space flight) where he wins a position on the mission to Titan. But there is a hitch; a murder. During the investigative sweep one of his eyelashes is found and the search begins in earnest.
Most of the rest of the movie is involved with trying to maintain identity long enough to manage take off. Complicating matters are a Columbo-style detective (Alan Arkin), a love interest (Uma Thurman) and his brother from his old life. In the end it comes down to a simple idea. Many of the haves know a have-not (be it a child, sibling or whatever) who they have had to abandon and our hero represents the one ray of hope that these people can have. So just as he is discovered, the discoverers each have a reason to not turn him in and he begins the mission to Titan.
Gattaca, with its heavy detective cat-and-mouse, could be the successor to Alfred Bester's THE DEMOLISHED MAN. This was a very well made film with a good story, characters, acting and pacing. There were excellent performances from many of the cast including author Gore Vidal. If you like your films with a bit of thought then this is one you should look out for.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not remotely compelling Nov. 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Gattaca has a fascinating premise, but lousy execution, because the director forgot the single most important precept of movie-making: the audience must have an emotional relationship with the protagonist. There are no likable characters in this movie. Not a one. Sure, both Ethan and Uma are fantastic LOOKING, but that's the point of genetic selection anyhow. Their choices, their lives, their whining about the limitations on their priviledged life... none of it speaks to an actual human.
Brazil did it better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The destiny of DNA Feb. 23 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Imagine a world where your future is determined by your genes. Your schools, your job, your social status are all determined by what genetic flaws you have.

Such is the world that we see in "Gattaca," a scarily plausible sci-fi story that examines the implications of eugenics and genetic enhancement. Director Andrew Niccol thankfully never gets too preachy or "uplifting" -- instead he crafts a cleanly elegant story with a murder mystery as the catalyst, and the strong trinity Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.

Vincent Freeman (Hawke) is an "invalid," conceived without eugenic technology. On the day he was born, it was predicted that he would be myopic, might be bipolar, and would probably die at thirty from a heart defect. Throughout his life, Vincent dreams of becoming an astronaut, but his genetic status dooms him to menial labor.

The solution: Vincent "buys" the identity and genetic profile of Jerome Eugene Morrow (Law), an Olympic swimmer who broke his back in a car crash. Vincent will pay Jerome, and Jerome will provide him with blood, urine, skin and hair samples.

With Jerome's help, Vincent is accepted into Gattaca Aerospace Corporation, and is chosen for a manned flight to Titan. But when one of the administrators is found murdered, the police find one of Vincent's eyelashes nearby. If they discover who Vincent truly is, he won't just lose his dream -- he'll be convicted of murder.

"Gattaca" is a movie that addresses one of life's great questions -- does destiny determine how we live our lives, or do we decide our own fate?
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite sci-fi Jan. 9 2014
By E. Wong
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love how this move explores the nature vs. nurture theme - gives us all hope in our everyday lives
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting Dec 1 2013
By tornitons TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The idea of how the genetic technology could become in the future is interesting. But the story is rather weak, uninteresting, at least to me. I don't care for the come back of the brother at the very end of the movie ??? The actors are good. The movie is of good quality. It just isn't a Sci-Fi movie. More social and psychological. Too bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An all time favorite Sept. 8 2013
By Jenelle
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Love this film, and always will. I like that I have a great quality copy of this. The aesthetic of this move is very appealing to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great find. April 24 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was great to find this movie, been looking for a while. My wife saw it years ago, but could not find it. She was delighted to get it on her birthday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Movie Aug. 20 2007
Format:DVD
This was a great movie and I believe that everybody should watch it.

I couldn't understand why he was holding it with his right hand when he was supposed to be left handed....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gattica DVD
Bought it as a Christmas present so have not seen actual disk as of yet. Delivery was fast & efficient.
Published on Nov. 12 2010 by Jan Williams-Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous on blu-ray
This movie is gorgeous on blu-ray and especially showcases a wonderful architecturally focused set-design. Read more
Published on March 16 2010 by Cheryl
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray a Disapointment
I Give this movie 5 Stars, but the Blu-ray only 1. My DVD version of the movie is almost as clear as the blu-ray version, but not as clear as blu-ray should be. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2009 by N. A Hopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Background
To understand Gattaca, it helps to know a little history.

About a century ago, progressives took up what the New York Times in 1912 called the "wonderful new science" of... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2008 by Michael W. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Historical Background
To understand Gattaca, it helps to know a little history.

About a century ago, progressives took up what the New York Times in 1912 called the "wonderful new science" of... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2008 by Michael W. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Background
To understand Gattaca, it helps to know a little history.

About a century ago, progressives took up what the New York Times in 1912 called the "wonderful new science" of... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2008 by Michael W. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Historical Background
To understand Gattaca, it helps to know a little history.

About a century ago, progressives took up what the New York Times in 1912 called the "wonderful new science" of... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2008 by Michael W. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Historical Background
To understand Gattaca, it helps to know a little history.

About a century ago, progressives took up what the New York Times in 1912 called the "wonderful new science" of... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2008 by Michael W. Perry
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