DIRECTOR Andrew Niccol
PRODUCER Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey
CO-PRODUCER Gail Lyon
SCREENPLAY Andrew Niccol
PRINCIPAL CAST Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren
Dean, Gore Vidal
There is an old Chinese saying: ''If you dont change your direction...you
will end up where you're headed.'' There can be little doubt about the fact
that we are headed toward a society in which naturally conceived and born
children are considered genetically inferior to the test tube enhanced variety.
James Watson -- Nobel Prize Winner
and developer of the Human Genome Project
- "We used to think our future was in the stars.
- Now we know it is in our genes."
- Gattaca is good bi-fi (biological fiction). It is a scary but probably
quite realistic vision of our future. Jerome, played by Ethan Hawke, tries
to assume the identity of an athlete in order to escape the status of 'in-valid'
(a natural born lamer with a low GQ or genetic quotient) and travel into
space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. A week before his flight,
a Gattaca mission director is murdered and Jerome, a suspect, is hunted
by the persistent identity investigators. His better-born colleague and
love interest (Uma Thurman) begins to suspect him, and finally Jerome's
deception starts to unravel. Like all of us, Jerome must face his true
self. However, the plot twist in the third act, where we learn his brother
is the chief investigator, fails to be credible, and fatally wounds the
- Alan Arkin and Gore Vidal also appear . Vidal plays Director Josef,
a genetically superior being, or 'valid', and great believer in the Gattaca
system. No stranger to creation of fictional worlds, Vidal
was also drawn to director Andrew Niccol's imaginative vision. "This
was a very carefully written script and it's very rare that a script so
intelligent and off-beat gets made," marvels Vidal. "The world
of Gattaca is totalitarian, really. Genetic engineering makes people better,
more beautiful, more desirable, but what price will we pay for it?"
Gattaca paints a perfectionist world in which human feelings are trying
to burst out, but in which the quest to make a better society has destroyed
The film totally buys into the idea that as the technology increases,
so does isolation. It's a tempting conclusion, if you make an exception
for the technologies of communication perhaps. By now you must have noticed
the eye-catching ads that make you wonder if Gattaca is fact or fiction.
By the way, Uma and Ethan have great chemistry, and it won't surprise
anyone that they are romantically linked off screen as well.
see the movie website (clips available) here