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Director:  Andrew Niccol

Starring:  Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Alan Arkin

Running Time:  106 minutes

Release Date:  4K Ultra HD - March 23, 2021

| Film Synopsis |

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.

| Review |

Summary (out of 5)

Director Andrew Niccol‘s 1997 sci-fi debut, 'Gattaca' debuted back in theatres on October 24, 1997.  In the near future, genetic engineering has divided humanity into two classes -- the "invalids," cursed with flaws in their DNA, and "valids," healthy, intelligent individuals who are genetically predisposed to a long, productive life. In this chilling world, a young man named Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) is told that he will never achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut because he was born with a congenital heart condition. Going underground and assuming the genetic identity of a crippled valid named Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), Freeman is accepted into the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation and is soon chosen for a mission to one of Saturn's moons. He even pursues a romantic relationship with one of his co-workers, an attractive valid named Irene (Uma Thurman). But when the mission director is mysteriously murdered, Freeman must evade a determined pair of detectives (Alan Arkin and Loren Dean), a perceptive doctor (Xander Berkeley), and the firm's internal security.

I vividly remember the first time I saw 'GATTACA.'  I was in high school, I went to an advance screening of this film, and remembering really enjoying it.  Now over 20 years later, I had an opportunity to watch again and I can say it still holds up.  'GATTACA' was shot on 35 mm photochemical film in Super 35 format using ARRIFLEX and Moviecam cameras with spherical lenses. It was finished on film at a theatrical aspect ratio of 2.39:1.

 

Director Andrew Niccol focuses on his characters first and barely uses any visual effects in the entire film. Hawke’s performance is amazing and one of his best roles to date.  At the time when this film was released, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman were dating and this was a big project for both of them.  'GATTACA' endures as a sci-fi classic because of its message promoting the human spirit. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend checking it out.  

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing ‘GATTACA’ on 4K Ultra HD™ on March 23.

“When Gattaca came out [in 1997], the zeitgeist wasn’t interested in that movie. But over ten, fifteen years, it comes up all the time, people always want to talk to me about it.”

      – Ethan Hawke Interview  – The Independent