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Gattaca (Sous-titres français)

Ethan Hawke , Uma Thurman , 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
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There Is No Gene for the Human Spirit" July 1 2004
1997's science-fiction drama GATTACA offers an intelligent look into the possible future of applied DNA science, a future where potential parents are given the ability to determine the genetic characteristics and thereby create a society of near-perfect super-humans. As one might deduce, this means that individuals born the "natural way"--such folk are referred to as "In-Valids"--are deemed inferior and prejudicially relegated to the lower rungs of the social ladder. In other words, In-Valids are considered mere mortals in this high-tech, genetically engineered world, and as such, education and opportunity are socially beyond their reach.
The film's plot revolves around Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), an In-Valid who works as a janitor at an aerospace firm named Gattaca Corporation. But in spite of society's view of him, Vincent has dreams of someday going into space himself, and his intelligence and all-consuming drive to find a way to transcend societally imposed barriers leads him into an alliance with a black-marketeer (Tony Shalhoub) and a genetically "superior" young man (Jude Law) who wants to sell his own identity. Soon Vincent is engaged in a scheme to secure employment as an engineer at Gattaca and thereby realize his goals and dreams. But once he's finally on the other side of the fence, how long can he sustain such subterfuge in a society where an individual's genetic identity is constantly monitored and even a lost eyelash can provide authorities with enough genetic material to expose a fraud?
GATTACA examines the nature of personal identity, personal destiny, and the idea that an individual can become more than the sum of his parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I never saved anything for the swim back." Nov. 12 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Well told story with suspense pathos ignorant cops, unaware parents, bottles of pee, and a house with an appetite. Neighbors form bonds as they try to fathom the secrets of what motivates a house to consume kites and cars.

Then there is the great dialog "That must be its uvula." "Oh it is a girl house."

The film is animated which allows for many scenarios that are not physiologically possible. This actually adds to the spookiness. There is a socially relevant story with a positive ending.

However the there is nothing unique about the story or the characters. This makes it attractive for people that like formula films.

Well after ten years they have gone and done it. We now know how the genetic make-up of human beings. We also have electric cars and wrist radios. This is no longer sci-fi; it is speculative fiction. Or at least it is speculative. Anyway I have a friend that had a back problem in his youth. They left some dye in him and it was spotted during a job interview physical for a desk job; you guessed it.

Anyway this is a spectacular film. The sound track helped support the movie. They did a good job of picking the actors. The characters were believable. Uma did not even have to show her Thurman's. Ethan did a convincing transformation and Jude was good enough that you almost thought the film was about him. The scenes were breath taking. I was most impressed with the sunrise on the solar panels and the swim competition.

Two points to look for on your second viewing are:

1. Several times the brothers compete physically and logically. Even with his handicapped origin Ethan Hawke" Vincent Freeman" surpasses his brother Loren Dean "Anton."

2. Jude Law "Jerome Eugene Morrow" Was not without ambition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The destiny of DNA
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. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite sci-fi
I love how this move explores the nature vs. nurture theme - gives us all hope in our everyday lives
Published 7 months ago by E. Wong
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tornitons
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time favorite
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.
Published 11 months ago by Jenelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find.
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.
Published 16 months ago by Alex Hansen
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
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