Columbia Tristar/Jersey Films (Michael Shamberg, Danny
DeVito & Stacey Sher)
USA 🇺🇸 1997
W: Andrew Niccol
DP: Slawomir Idziak
Ed: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Mus: Michael Nyman
PD: Jan Roelfs
Ethan Hawke (Vincent Anton Freeman), Uma Thurman (Irene
Cassini), Jude Law (Jerome Eugene Morrow), Alan Arkin (Det. Hugo), Loren Dean (Anton Freeman), Gore Vidal (Director Josef), Ernest Borgnine (Caesar)
A decent directorial debut from Andrew Niccol, writer of
The Truman Show, amongst others. Gattaca has a unique visual style which expertly captures an alien, dystopian future where the lives of the planet's population are pre-destined at birth by
genetically engineered DNA. Physical perfection is normal, and those who don't meet the standard are considered flawed and form the lower class "invalids" of society.
One of these "invalids", Vincent Freeman (Hawke), set with
an ambition to succeed in the Gattaca space programme regardless of his lack of "qualification" borrows the identity of Jerome (Law), a crippled "valid" who is happy to provide blood, tissue
and urine samples in return for financial gain.
A murder-mystery subplot sidelines the main story around
the halfway point, making the film rather predictable, but it's still a very decent sci-fi effort, complete with a rather downbeat, non-Hollywood ending.