Gattaca (1997)

A naturally born man borrows another man’s identity to pass as genetically superior so that he can break through barriers and succeed in life.

Where: Crackle
Rating: PG-13
Release Type: Theatrical

Cast:
+7 for Ethan Hawke – I am actually not the biggest Ethan Hawke fan; but he pulls off this role quite well.
+10 for Uma Thurman – Again, I’m not the biggest Uma Thurman fan, but she plays this role quite well. She manages to pull off being both genetically superior and vulnerable in a believable way.
+5 for Jude Law. Because its Jude Law? True; but he also plays his part well. I’ve seen this movie years ago and its one of his scenes that has always stood out in my memory.
+3 for Ernest Borgnine. Because. If you are too young to have grown up without Ernest Borgnine on your tv, I’m sorry.
+1 for Maya Rudolph – because I knew she looked familiar but it wasn’t until I looked at the cast list that I understood why.

Score: 26

Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc…)
+18 for an original story line, executed quite well. This story is true science fiction; shining a light on human behavior but exaggerating it to tell a story; in this case pitting genetics against us. Naturally conceived children are considered inferior – even labeled as – in-valid which is played out in how everyone treats the main character, Vincent, before he undergoes his identify change. He is considered sickly; uninsurable; a risk. In short, he is an invalid. While this scored highly due to its originality; there are flaws in the pacing.
+5 for the 60’s retro/futuristic theme. Its quite amusing how well a 90’s movie fully integrated a 60’s vibe while maintaining a futuristic setting.

Score: 23

Other:
+2 on the family friendliness. It’s relatively clean for a PG-13 movie, but some of the themes of the movie are complex and wouldn’t necessarily be appropriate for younger children.
+5 on watching again. When my friend Rachel recommended it; she remarked that it’s not a movie most have heard of. I had; and had not only seen it but enjoyed it back in the day. I appreciated this excuse to watch it again, however.
+15 because this movie will make you think. It will make you think about us-vs-them. It will make you think about what is lost when people try to achieve perfection. It will make you think about what makes us human. It will make you think about risk, love, and the freedom to achieve our dreams.
+5 for the quote, “Jerome had been engineered with everything he needed to get into Gattaca, except the desire to do so.”
+5 for the quote, “They’ve got you looking so hard for any flaw that after a while that’s all you see”

Score: 32

Score: 81

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