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Gattaca is the story of a man that follows his dreams, even if his genetics are in the way.


  • Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
  • Rated: PG-13 for brief violent images, language, and some sexuality.
  • Released: 1997
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Drama
  • My Opinion: In my top ten favorite movies of all time.


Vincent Freeman was conceived naturally, which unfortunately puts him at a disadvantage for the rest of his life.  In the future, most babies are genetically engineered to be the best possible mixing of DNA from their parents.  So instead of discrimination by class or race, those who are natural are considered to be inferior.  However, Vincent has his mind set on space travel, so he purchases the identity of someone genetically superior, and lives his life as Jerome Eugene Morrow.  All goes well until a flight director is murdered at his academy, and an investigation produces the innocent Vincent as the prime suspect.  Will he be able to maintain his false identity long enough to launch into space?


Gattaca has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it when it released in 1997.  I have yet to find another movie that symbolizes the triumph of the human spirit as well as Gattaca does.  I read a review once that categorized this movie as “cerebral”.  I laughed, but then after pondering the movie for days after watching it, I had to agree.  This is one that you “get” right away, but it also inspires a think tank.  I especially enjoyed the special feature on the DVD that pointed out that many of our great leaders had genetic faults.  What would the world be without Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Emily Dickenson, or Vincent van Gogh?  I highly recommend Gattaca, and would love to hear your thoughts on it as well.


You can rent Gattaca at any movie store or Netflix.
You can purchase this movie at Amazon.com.
There are also plenty of good used copies at eBay.


If you liked Gattaca you might also like Snow Falling On Cedars, also starring Ethan Hawke, about a reporter that is still in love with his childhood friend, who is now married, and whose husband is on trial for murder.


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