Written and Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Produced by: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, among others
Cinematography by: Slawomir Idziak
Edited by: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Original Score by: Michael Nyman
Other Notable Crew: Jan Roelfs (production design), Sarah Knowles (art direction)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Ernest Borgnine, Tony Shalhoub, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Jayne Brook, Elias Koteas, Xander Berkeley, Blair Underwood, Dean Norris
Synopsis: Set in the future where everyone’s genetics are predetermined, Vincent (Ethan Hawke)—a man who was born naturally, also known as an “invalid”—infiltrates the ranks of the space program and research facility named Gattaca by using the identity of a crippled elite (Jude Law). Though his legitimacy is soon thrown into tumult when one of the facility’s directors is found murdered, and the resulting investigation leads a young detective (Loren Dean) to believe that an invalid intruder is to blame.
I was expecting a little more nail-biting suspense here (as is usually expected with sci-fi thrillers), but this film opts for a more heartfelt and humanitarian lens instead. The theme of eugenics starts to wear a bit thin as it’s the only thread of social commentary at play, but the film is more focused on the goal of pursuing one’s dreams than it is making a statement on society. But the viewers in the mood for some hard science fiction will be delighted by the film’s extensive design and layout, which combines a sleek yet down-to-earth view of the future as if through a 1950s-era aesthetic lens. A visually enthralling—if somewhat predictable—sci-fi tale.