Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday night film selection: Gattaca

A film that tackles the age old issue of nature vs. nurture. Destiny vs. free will.
Based on a horrific premise of a world where human engineering has become the norm and individuals conceived naturally, called 'The Imperfects' are considered less worthy. Sounds familiar, anyone?

"I belong to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the colour of your skin. We now have discrimination down to a science."

Make no mistake, this is anything but an ordinary sci-fi movie but rather an intriguing drama that deals with deep moral issues of discrimination on the one hand and the infinite wonder of human perseverance on the other. Gattaca offers a unique view of an alternate reality, that is gray, sterile and above all based on perfection and efficiency.
I can't help but wonder if this is the world we'd be living in today if Herr Hitler would have won back in 1945?

The imperfect people clean toilets while the genetically perfect people work in pristine offices while designing interplanetary space flights.

As always I leave you with my scene from the movie where Vincent confronts his brother explaining the secret of his success. A beautiful, emotional scene. Warning: contains spoiler

"You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back."

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