Welcome to Gattaca – the perfect world of the future. Here everyone is genetically programmed, and a sad fate awaits those who were born in love, and not in the laboratory. Such is the fate of Vincent Freeman, a young man who was labeled as ânot fitâ at birth.
Vincent has significant flaws: he is subject to passions, he succumbs to emotions, and he believes that his dreams will come true. This is why he buys another person’s identity in an attempt to trick the authorities into becoming a respected member of the Future Gattac Corporation.
And when he is already on his way to freedom, murder threatens to reveal his real identity. Despite his innocence, Vincent has a lot to hide and a lot to lose. But it’s so hard to stay alive when two people live in you …
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I watched this film for a long time on TV – so long ago that it was impossible to rely with confidence on my then prevailing positive opinion about it. I decided to check how tastes change over time.
Well, at first the film resembles Equilibrium, but it’s more atmosphere than content. Very soon you realize that Gattaca is a film with its own idea and ways of expressing it. All futuristic films in one way or another touch upon the question of the essence and abilities of a person. In Equilibrium, mind and feelings are spread across the scales; Gattaca cuts the given and the zeal in two.
In the world of the future, genetic scientists have learned to create an “ideal person” – biologically, he is much more predisposed to success and great achievements than a “random person” obtained in a natural way. The world has split into new classes, injustice and discrimination of a slightly different kind began to prevail in it than it is now. But, nevertheless, the person is still unhappy, and there are those who go against the system.
The rebellion here is not universal, the protagonist has no goal to change the world – he is driven by a passion to break out of the shackles himself. Since childhood, he was at the lowest rung of the social ladder, but he is ready for anything to climb it as high as he can and fulfill his cherished dream – to fly into space … But such people are not taken into astronauts, with shortness of breath and myopia.
Its formal opposite is Jerome – “an excellent sample” of human material, to whom feats and breakthroughs were written in the family. However, this Ilya Muromets steps under the car to sit in a wheelchair for thirty years and three years, helping the protagonist to lead everyone by the nose. When Jerome shows the silver medal, it becomes clear that he and Vincent have a lot in common. It is no coincidence that the two of them, as it were, experience one life, alternately taking the place of the other. The director’s decision not to divide the world into black and white, not to turn genetically ideal people into spiritual monsters is very correct. They are the same creatures of flesh and blood, because the fact of the matter is that flesh and blood do not solve anything …
Nikkol did not turn the film into a social reprisal, concentrating on the spiritual growth of the protagonist. It is noteworthy that the plot is devoid of any dynamics: we simply observe how Vincent slowly and stubbornly walks along the chosen path. Nevertheless, all the details, all the dialogues gradually open the viewer’s eyes to the true problems of the film and are no less exciting than the “scandals-intrigues-investigations”.
The love line turned out to be not entirely successful, in my opinion. Firstly, Uma Thurman did not fit into the image a little. She is good in the role of fatal seductresses or murderers – one way or another, she cannot remove the iron will from her eyes. And here she is almost a victim of circumstances, a âgenetic productâ with a flaw, and she doesnât behave any bolder than a lamb. Perhaps it was for this role that it was worth choosing a slightly more feminine actress. In addition, the romantic line in this film adds almost nothing to the content and has no logical conclusion. Some sentimental young ladies may be offended that the main character flew away and did not promise to return, leaving the girl to be bored alone … Although the film, of course, is not about that at all.
An almost arthouse futuristic movie about fate, inner choices and the struggle for your dreams. A stunning acting duo between Ethan Hawke and Jude Law. Another copy to the collection.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
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