Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Jude Law
Length: 106 min.
IMDB Summary: A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Despite the whiny narration, melodramatic music and romance subplot resembling a Barbie movie, Gattaca deserves a place in the movie cabinet because of its talented acting, suspenseful plot and dark, chilling message about genetic discrimination. Although Hawke's character is the lead, it is Law's character who really shines in this film, adding life and energy to otherwise flat scenes. While the pivotal scenes such as the swimming race are often plagued by sappy, violin-dominated music, they carry the movie and skillfully develop the characters. It may not be your all-time favorite drama, or even sci-fi, but Gattaca is worth a watch because of Law's superb acting, the suspenseful plot and the overarching message that genetic imperfection is no reason to discriminate.
A few instances of strong language, brief sexual content, a bloody corpse
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