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Gattaca

DOWN & DIRTY:
Sci-Fi: A genetically inferior man poses as a perfect human being in a future where a person's genetic makeup determines their social class and future.

NITTY GRITTY:
In the not so distant future, people can choose the genetic makeup of their children, thus eliminating "inferior" traits such as nearsightedness, baldness and other "undesirable" natural features.

Children conceived the old-fashioned way are at a disadvantage right from birth, and are labeled "invalid" due to their imperfections.

Young Vincent Freeman is such a boy. Nearsighted and tested to have other deficiencies such as a weak heart from which he'll die by the age of thirty, Vincent's future has already been determined -- he'll be a lower class citizen.

His younger brother Anton , however, is genetically perfect, and continually out performs his brother at nearly everything.

As an adult, Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is a janitor and dreams of working for the Gattaca corporation, a company involved in space exploration. Due to his genetic makeup, however, Vincent will never travel into space. That is, of course, unless he can change his genes, and he does the next best thing.

With the help of a DNA broker, Vincent assumes the identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow (JUDE LAW), a now paralyzed, but still genetically perfect man.

Eugene, as he now calls himself, is willing to give blood and other genetic samples to Vincent in exchange for money.

This allows Vincent to pass the many I.D. tests and become the old Jerome. Everything works perfectly, even though Vincent must perform a daily regimen of scrubbing his body to remove excess cells and hairs.

Vincent becomes a Gattaca flight navigator, where he works alongside beautiful coworker Irene (UMA THURMAN).

When the agency's director is murdered, Vincent's plan is endangered. Detective Hugo (ALAN ARKIN) and his boss, the Investigator (LOREN DEAN) begin looking for the suspect's genetic clues.

They find an "invalid's" eyelash at the murder scene and things begin to fall apart for Vincent.

As the countdown continues for his planned Jupiter space mission, Vincent must do what he can to prove he's not the killer while also concealing his true identity.

THE ENDING:
The Investigator confronts Vincent about his genetic makeup and turns out to be Vincent's long lost brother, Anton. They replay a swimming challenge from their youth and this time Vincent wins. Anton lets Vincent go.

Director Josef (Gore Vidal)is found to be the murderer of the agency director. Vincent and Irene make love after he confesses his true identity to her. Eugene incinerates himself as Vincent boards the flight to Jupiter.

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
The future looks real creepy.


 
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