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Gattaca [DVD] [1998]

Ethan Hawke , Uma Thurman , Andrew Niccol    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Gore Vidal, Jude Law, Elias Koteas
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Hindi, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CXWW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,465 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Vincent (Ethan Hawke) dreams of becoming a space pilot, but in the world in which he lives only those people with prime genetic material can attain the top jobs. Determined to succeed, he makes a deal with the genetically-perfect Jerome (Jude Law) which will provide him with fresh daily samples of Jerome's urine, skin and hair, thus allowing him to fake his identity and find a place on the space program. The plan starts off working perfectly, but when one of the company's directors is murdered and Vincent becomes the main suspect, it can only be a matter of time before his secret is revealed.


Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognised as one of the most intelligent science fiction films of the 1990s. Writer-director Andrew Niccol, the talented New Zealander who also wrote the acclaimed Jim Carrey vehicle The Truman Show, depicts a near-future society in which one's personal and professional destiny is determined by one's genes. In this society, "Valids" (genetically engineered) qualify for positions at prestigious corporations, such as Gattaca, which grooms its most qualified employees for space exploration. "In-Valids" (naturally born), such as the film's protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), are deemed genetically flawed and subsequently fated to low-level occupations in a genetically caste society. With the help of a disabled "Valid" (Jude Law), Vincent subverts his society's social and biological barriers to pursue his dream of space travel; any random mistake--and an ongoing murder investigation at Gattaca--could reveal his plot. Part thriller, part futuristic drama and cautionary tale, Gattaca establishes its social structure so convincingly that the entire scenario is chillingly believable. With Uma Thurman as the woman who loves Vincent and identifies with his struggle, Gattaca is both stylish and smart, while Jude Law's performance lends the film a note of tragic and heartfelt humanity.--Jeff Shannon

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Do you really want to go in there ?" 7 Mar 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Gattaca" is one of the better science-fiction films that I have seen in recent years. It looks stylish ,it is filmed superbly and it is well acted. It is an atmospheric and thoughtful futuristic film ,not of the high octane, pumping soundtrack variety . The premise of the film is interesting and also quite credible , namely that in the future genetically engineered human beings will be given preferential treatment in the job market and "normal" humans will be allocated menial occupations. As in the films "1984" and "Brazil" ,for example , "Gattaca" is about one man's resistance to an oppressive , stratified social system which interferes intolerably with personal liberty. It is a cautionary tale and perhaps also a parable about life in today's transnational organisations. The Gattaca Corporation , with its robotic, dehumanised compulsive achievers lined up in front of their PC's like well groomed battery chickens, mirrors the typical modern day open plan corporate office. "There is no gene for the human spirit" indeed.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired 4 Sep 2005
Genetic defectives have been a staple of science fiction ever since the discovery of DNA. But until 'Gattaca', the powerful symbolism of future genetics for present day racism never made it onto the silver screen.
This is raised to an inspired level by writer/director Andrew Niccol's decision to film it as if all the flashbacks had taken place in our own past. In written SF, this could only have been achieved by a complicated alternate reality setting. But, in cinema, Niccol's careful choice of fifties clothing styles, haircuts, and black-and-white family snap-shots powerfully evokes a past for the protagonist, Vincent (Ethan Hawke), which mirrors our own past.
I had expected this film to be bleak and oppressive. The premise, and the first half-hour, create an air-tight world where Vincent is condemned to second-class servitude because his conception was natural rather than genetically screened.
But Niccol skilfully switches the 1984 style bleakness into an ultra-tech murder-thriller, with the murder of the mission-director, moments (in film time) after we learn of the meticulous plan by which Vincent will pass as genetically perfect and achieve his dream of space-travel.
Suspense builds from this point on. On the first time of watching I was convinced Vincent would be caught, right up to the final moment.
The core of this film is in Vincent's words: "There is no gene for fate", although the official tag-line was "There is no gene for the human spirit". It becomes an enormously positive affirmation that sheer guts and determination will take anyone to reach their dream.
This is an excellent film, but it will not please everyone. It is essentially a short-story created in perfect detail for cinema. SF fans will appreciate the purity of the vision.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Just a quick note - 5 stars for the film and the image and sound quality on this intriguing sci-fi identity theft film.
It is not Region A locked as stated in the title - this is yet another in a long list of technical mistakes made by Amaazon on their blu-ray product pages.
The film is distributed by Sony Pictures and is Region A,B,C compatible - it plays fine on my stand alone blu-ray and PS3.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to become a classic 11 July 2003
By A Customer
Everything about this film is evidence of how much deep, imaginative thought went into its production. From the coolly clever set design to Michael Nyman's distant, stirring music, this Huxley-esque gem contains everything one could hope to find in an intelligent, thought-provoking sci-fi feature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thought-provoking and under-rated 19 May 2009
By Tim.T
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Only after watching GATTACA did I realise that the title itself is derived from the four initial letters of the chemicals that make up DNA: ACTG. Such are the depths the film goes to in order to explore the deeply affecting and controversial theme of genetic "perfection". Indeed, I went online shortly after the film and came across a company that would, for a fee, map your genome for any "defects". Even though it cited an example of a girl using the service to screen for a genetic heart disorder, its implications are still creepy, and it's why GATTACA is so good. That it is the human spirit, something that cannot be quantified or distilled in a test tube, that will triumph in the end.

GATTACA definitely deserves to be in anyone's DVD collection if they believe themselves to be a thinker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films you'll ever get to see... 31 Dec 2000
A true 'think about' movie that is set in the near future... (If you were wondering where the title came from... I believe it is an anagram of the component letters that form DNA. i.e. C T G A) GATTACA
Gripping story that is well written and directed. Clever cinematography. A film, in my opinion, that was poorly overlooked at the cinema... but then 'cult films' always are!
Watch this movie and you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life is what you make it 12 July 2005
This movie is a Sci-Fi masterpiece about realising your dreams against all the odds and against what hand nature has dealt you.
Ethan Hawke (Vincent) is like most of us born an "invalid", without the best Dna that money can buy, and is set to end his short life as a cleaner at the Gatatica Corporation, rather than realising his dream to be a Space Pilot. Having the brains in the future just isn't good enough if your DNA isn't up to scratch, this is where vincent decides to trade places and DNA with wheelchair bound Jude Law (Jerome).
All works out fine until there is a murder at the corporation and the police find some DNA belonging to an "Invalid" (Vincent's), as Vincent has assumed the idenity of jerome, its a cat and mouse chase to avoid the authorities before he is blasted into space and fufills his dream.
Essentially this movie is a story about achieving your potential regardless of what life and mothernature throw at you, it is also i feel a love story between two opposites between Vincent and Uma Thurman (Irene)another "Valid" or even Vincent and Jerome who are totaly dependant on each other, Vincent provides Jerome with the lifestyle he has come accustom to , and in return Jerome provides Vincent with good DNA.
Finally this movie paints a picture of our own future, where yur destiny is decided at birth all based on your DNA.
Quite Unsettling really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A scary look into the future that might well come to pass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I did
Saw this film when I was at school in RE studying about genetic engineering. It has stuck with me for the last 7 years and finally got round to buying it. So glad I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tash
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film which addresses some seriously big questions about...
A great film which addresses some seriously big questions about parenting, society and manipulation of the human genome - and asks them in a very smart way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phil3
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Can Dream
Based on the gene fable which has gained such a dominant position within US psychology, forever wheeled out to justify the current social arrangements, let alone the near future. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
A great movie. If you haven't seen it, buy it!
Published 2 months ago by Alister
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly I loved this film
Surprisingly I loved this film, it was filmed a while back but I love the concept of it. I will be watching it again so definitely wont be giving it away!
Published 2 months ago by Hayley F
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by GORDON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Such a great movie, the actors are fantastic!
Published 4 months ago by Nic
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
I bought this because i wanted to see the film again, but alll the video shops have gone bust here in the UK. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A BASU
5.0 out of 5 stars The destiny of DNA
Imagine a world where your future is determined by your genes. Your schools, your job, your social status are all determined by what genetic flaws you have. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. A Solinas
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