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Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin and Jude Law star in this engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Hawke stars as Vincent, an "In-Valid" who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.
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Critics Consensus: Intelligent and scientifically provocative, Gattaca is an absorbing sci fi drama that poses important interesting ethical questions about the nature of science.
One of first Hollywood films about the effects of genetic engineering on human conduct, Andrew Nic...
June 21, 2017
Chilly, elegant, and a little bloodless.
June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Designer babies rule dystopia in stylish SF thriller filled with recycled plot devices.
June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Says
'90s science fiction has mature themes, violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gattaca is a 1997 sci-fi movie in which Ethan Hawke must outwit a society centered on genetic engineering in order to fulfill his dream to go into space. For fans of science fiction with deep messages relevant to our world, this movie has plenty to reflect on and discuss with teens and adults. Bioethics, genetic engineering, individual free will versus predestined existence, and the possible ramifications of technological advancement are all explored. The lead character, Vincent, is born an "in-valid" -- conceived through traditional means rather than through genetic enhancement -- and is therefore relegated to a lifetime of menial labor, but nonetheless is undaunted in finding a way to transcend all societal obstacles in order to achieve his dream. One character is found murdered in his office, a pool of blood around his head. Another character commits suicide by immolation. Very brief sex scene with no explicit nudity. Doctor makes insinuations about the large size of the lead character's penis. One of the lead characters frequently appears drunk, has apparently turned to alcohol as an escape from the life trajectory he does not want to live. "F--k" used twice. Cigarette smoking.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama
- Release Date:October 24, 1997
- Audio Format:5.1
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