‘Gattaca’ promises to have a different experience. That promise is partially compelling and a little shaky in some parts, but in all of its captivating qualities, I have always preferred incomplete sci-fi films with something new to say; something that makes sense, something that even reflects the mirrors of the society we live in right now, rather than completely civilized.
‘Gattaca’ may not be proud of the largest budget, and may not have the pieces planned, but it does find one thing that deserves that in my opinion, the essence of a good sci-fi experience: a good human story.
For me, in spite of all the geeky science stuff about the journey of time, some greatness and reality, and the space and its abundance, infinite, which makes me happier and more amazing than I can say, self-awareness is complete only when there is something good. the story of man, the heart beating at its core.
This is where ‘Gattaca’ gets the points, talking about the immortal spirit between the forces and structures of man-made earth holding them down, and their flight, literally, or whatever. In line with the invincible human spirit, ‘Gattaca’ has a setting that can be considered as a generic description of the human condition of things today, in the future, another powerful step that makes the film stand out as a proper sci-fi game.
Gattaca Movie Synopsis
As the movie states that its timeline will be “in the not-too-distant future”, the world has come to be accustomed to artificial birth systems, associated with eugenics, the science of genetics and reproduction, and genetic discrimination.
Children who are born with a profile and eliminate genetic disorders, maintaining only positive genetic traits are called ‘allowed’, and often, those that are the result of what we consider to be normal reproduction without pre-existing genetics or selection is called ‘invalid’, which clearly indicates the distinction between the two in the world of the future, and how society treats them in this process. Differences and discrimination both occur by biometric identification.
With the exception of these ‘unemployed’ who do not have desirable genetic traits that lead to job discrimination against them, it is recognized that they often have a higher risk of genetic disorders and reduced life expectancy compared to legal, which adds to discrimination. As a result, the formal ones open up better and better job opportunities, and the disadvantaged are reduced to smaller, lower-paying jobs.
During social planning, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) gets pregnant on a regular basis and turns out to be of unemployed, his profile shows that there may be some weaknesses during his lifetime and an average life span of 30 years, 30.2 with complete accuracy. Her parents also look down on her and plan to have another child by genetic choice, Anton.
The competitive atmosphere between the two is something and both of them often indulge in a “chicken” game on the beach, where the first to return to the beach from a swim in the sea is lost. While Vincent often loses the game, he manages to win at one rare moment, even saving Anton from drowning. Vincent dreams of going into space, something he is often told he will not be able to achieve due to his illicit condition, but his determination in this matter does not change as he decides to leave his home to pursue his dream.
Vincent worked a few lower jobs for years in his pursuit, until he was finally given the opportunity to step into the shoes of a working company and make his own to transfer him to a space training program. Jerome Morrow (Jude Law) is an effective swimmer who once had a bright future before an accident that left him paralyzed: a rare commodity that has better survival rates.
The so-called “borrowed stairs” or “de-gene-rate” are rarely 1% of the number of people who are thriving with DNA and have fallen performance. What Vincent got into this way is a borrowed ladder: urine, blood, skin, and hair samples from Jerome Morrow that he has to fill out daily to gain access to Gattaca Aerospace Corporation where he currently works.
To pass like Jerome through the daily biometric screening process in Gattaca, he even scratches and burns any of his body hair or nails, anything that might be used to trace back to his original illegal DNA. In fact, the opening sequence is just that – the stylistic, vibrant versions of Vincent’s daily beats fall to the ground.
Because of his good performance at work, Vincent will fly to Saturn for a week, just as his well-planned plan for years is under threat after the assassination of officials in Gattaca, and Vincent eventually leaves his own. real eyebrows at work, which led to police immediately starting a search to find the ‘illegal’ Vincent, now working in Gattaca hiding Jerome.
Between the emerging romance that begins between him and Irene (If Thurman), a workmate who is at high risk for heart failure despite being legal, and the real Jerome who does things differently as the launch date approaches, Vincent barely avoids it.
Attempts by the police to detain him as a murderer because of a copy found on the scene of the murder. He even learned that Jerome himself was the cause of his current situation: he threw himself in front of the car when he realized that he could not always win despite the fact that he was “designed” to be much better.
The investigation bore fruit when it emerged that it was indeed the program director at Gattaca who killed him for fear that his program would be suspended. Vincent is left alone but soon realizes that the investigator was actually his brother, Anton, who confronted him about the illegality of his actions, as he discovered what Vincent was doing with Jerome’s fake identity.
Despite fierce arguments, Vincent insisted that he had reached the point where he was supported because of his fitness despite his fate being determined by his genetic profile, and both decided to go to the top of the ‘chicken’ competition on the beach.
Vincent manages to beat Anton after a series of endless struggles, leaving Anton amazed at his ability and power, while Vincent reveals the real reason for his victory that he did not retain his ability to swim, which is a wonderful metaphor, which will be explained later in the next section. As Anton begins to drown, Vincent saves him and uses the stars to find a way back to shore with him.
Gattaca Movie Ending,
Gattaca ‘is compiled as a story within the next seven days when Vincent will be part of his first mission to the Titan, the month of Saturn, after years of hard work, though he always discusses the past to reveal more about what is happening. the planet has turned into a very distant future, and what makes Vincent where he is now. In that case, it is sufficient to say that the conclusion can be interpreted by covering the last day: the date of the launch.
As both Jerome and Vincent reminisce about their journey together, and Vincent confronted Irene about her reality, the hour of presentation approaches as Vincent prepares to pursue a life full of dreams. Before leaving, Jerome shows Vincent that he had kept enough blood and urine samples for Vincent when he returned, despite Vincent insisting that he would not need them anywhere.
They handed him the envelope and asked him to open it once more. As he is about to board, all of a sudden, he is asked to do a final test, which he knows he will definitely fail as he does not have Jerome’s samples yet.
Afraid to face his future, he gives Dr. Lamar was a urine sample, which turned out he knew Vincent was pretending to be active all this time. He tells Vincent that his son was looking for him because he too hoped he would be another big one, as despite his performance he was not “everything they had promised”, before passing Vincent as a legitimate person and letting him ride.
As Vincent watches Lamar gratefully, aboard the spacecraft and his fellow astronauts, while at the same time setting the fire on fire, Jerome kills himself by dipping himself in the pool while wearing his silver swimming trophy, leaving only Jerome alone. , just as he thought – so that his name would live regardless of Vincent.
When he is finally in space, Vincent opens the envelope to find the key to Jerome’s hair, as a sign of his DNA, can he need it up there? The act of self-sacrifice made Vincent think that “for someone who was not created for this world, I have to admit it, I have a hard time leaving it. In fact, they claimed that every atom in our body was part of a star. Maybe I’m not going; I may return home. “
As mentioned earlier, the finale is a beautiful reflection of the kind of people Jerome and Vincent once were. As in the “chicken” races with his brother, Vincent was a man who was very focused on his dream of space travel: we see him rarely slipping in his pursuit and his difficult daily task of uniting Jerome in almost every way for years. at the end.
Although Jerome often does things the wrong way and does not care, he has nothing to lose, yet he shows the last act of self-sacrifice at the end. It is almost as if Vincent had his say against the system by degrading him all those years as he had to prove something to himself and everyone when he was oppressed by a genetic deficiency that he called ‘unemployed. ‘.
Vincent, however, despite his commitment to the cause, revealed something important to his arc character in the final part of the film, especially when he indulged in a chicken game with his brother for the last time. He reveals that his secret to winning that boxing was that he did not keep it for his return trip.
I wouldn’t call that a brief observation, but he was so passionate about his quest that he gave his all to victory, without much thought or contemplation of his way back, be it in achieving his dream of space visit or a simple chicken game with his brother, both of whom had a sour relationship between them from the beginning.
For him, victory has always been one journey, and it is evident when he decides on his journey to the one place of his new home. Jerome, in addition to giving him a real new life, expands his vision of a two-way journey, equipping him with the tools to do so, albeit a tragic act of devotion. I see it as the redemption of Jerome after living a miserable life after his realization: the completion of Vincent’s purpose in life gives him HIS purpose after realizing that predestination was not a good thing. A very good allegory.