Gattaca Review of Director’s Argument

The film Gattaca provided a glimpse at a futuristic society in which any genetic sequencing left up to chance was seen as an unnecessary risk, and those that were conceived naturally were treated as liabilities to the advancement of their society. Vincent Freeman, the main character in the film learns as a young boy that he is and will always be looked at as inferior to the superior race of genetically modified individuals. He works hard at assuming the identity of Jerome Morrow, someone whose genes were controlled during birth. It is in his struggle to meet the societal norm and be accepted to the space program of his dreams that Andrew Niccol, the author of the film makes his argument known. Andrew Niccol argues in Gattaca that the systematic regulation of characteristics and control of how people operate never works out as it is intended to.

This is seen in multiple facets of the story, first and foremost it is found in the irony that a genetically “superior” individual such as Jerome Morrow would become handicapped in the first place while Vincent, a person who was barely given a chance at life by his doctors is the one that ends up reaching space. It is also seen in Vincent beating Anton in their swimming competitions, as Niccol again tries to prove that genetic purity has nothing to do with talent or heart, and thus controlling genes does nothing. Finally, the parallels between this “superior breed” or “new race” of people and the Aryan-craze of Nazi Germany are astounding, further building upon the terrifying nature of it all. 


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