When I heard the name for some reason I thought we were going to watch the movie Gothika, starring Halle Berry. Literally I had my whole blog in my head to find out it was not Gothika but Gattaca. This well put together cast included Ethan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Thurman. I can’t recall watching this movie outside of that class. Well, I was only four when this movie was released, so what do I really remember watching, if it wasn’t blurs of color called cartoons.
But this movie wasn’t a blur of colors but a grey slate. What some would consider a utopia, is really a dystopia. Genetically modified births to create “the perfect” child and a perfect child gets the best jobs, best life. Any child born “the naturally” are guaranteed to have a health deficiency and a short life.
This movie was made in 1997, and around 2002 news reported that science were successfully developing artificial embryos to help with develop babies for the childless. But because of vertical integration in the in-vitro fertilization. Interesting how movies seem to predict a lot.
When the Vincent’s parents found out his fate. They enabled him which is mostly not recommended for an ill child. The smallest falls, cuts, etc they rushed him to the hospital. Reminds me a lot of my mother when she found out i was asthmatic. Every little cough or wheeze was a trip to the emergency room.
Vincent’s story is typical & comparable to the ugly duckling becoming the swan. “He faces genetic discrimination and rejudice”** & upon leaving his home, he takes on a new life. His new “black market purchased” life is as Jerome Eugene Morrow (Jude Law’s hilarious character). Jerome was paralyzed from the waist down. But his genetic make up is perfect. With Jerome’s urine, blood, hair, and any other source of DNA he is able to impersonate him and progress to following his dreams.
I’m not one to cry or tear up during movies but the ending did make my eyes a little moist. From finding out the officer/detective was his brother to finding out the lab technician was his father (every time they’d meet, for a routine drug test, his father would say “Did i ever tell you about my son?”).
The most tear jerking part was Jerome’s sacrificing himself. He gave Vincent his life 100% especially since there was no record of him being injured in the first place.
As i was writing this blog i kept thinking to myself this movie reminds me so much of a book I read for my high school’s A.P. English class. But the name wouldn’t come to me. I opened up my storage of books and there it was!! Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (that was a great read!) was also a story about a dystopian society.
Great movie nonetheless.