Dystopian futures, social Darwinian imperatives, autocratic hyper-surveillance, hierarchical dividers, neo-fascist undercurrents. Corr, it's hardly science-fiction, innit? These performances and the director's orchestration of mise-en-scène is almost as meticulous as its DNA collation procedures. Up there with 'THX-1138', and not to mention this film's younger sibling, 'Ex Machina'.
Jude Law wasn't the best choice for this role, he doesn't look anything like Hawk nor did he bring the character the necessary depth. However "Gattaca" looks great and is one of the best sci-fi films of the 90s. Nice little story about how one can overcome the limits imposed by biology and society.
Beautiful production design, costume and composition. I loved the mix of murder mystery and sci fi- felt a bit film noir in some places, with great casting and score. Not a typical sci-fi- this film seems underrated.
I like my sci-fis to cyberdeliver a trifecta of S: Style, Stimulation (mentally... mainly) and Serious laser-beam shots of adrenaline to my eventually pulverised face. Now Gattaca, like its dweebo-to-six pack hero lead, is an imperfect specimen of the form. Yes the concept is intriguing & the art deco-ristic settings are nice but they're an afterthought to a series of hammy-acted, resoundingly blah corridor strolls.
With two godfathers, Ernest Borgnine and Gore Vidal, along with Alan Arkin for a hardcase uncle, life was bound to be interesting and the journey through a brave new world could not be conducted more gracefully. Faith,hope,courage,love and perhaps, even, conspiracy are the qualities of human spirit which continually confront the fates. In this story genetic determinism and epigenetics provide the battlefield