Gattaca is a 1997 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, with Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine, Gore Vidal, and Alan Arkin appearing in supporting roles. The film presents a biopunk vision of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic selection to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents. The film centers on Vincent Freeman, played by Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realize his dream of going into space.
In the future, eugenics is common. A genetic registry database uses biometrics to classify those so created as "valids" while those conceived by traditional means and more susceptible to genetic disorders are known as "in-valids". Genetic discrimination is illegal, but in practice genotype profiling is used to identify valids to qualify for professional employment while in-valids are relegated to menial jobs.
|editor||Lisa Zeno Churgin|
|genre||drama science fiction|
|keywords||biometrics chicken clean deep space eugenics genetic discrimination genetic disorder genotype grow up hit by a car immolate murder paralyze rock saying goodbye self-immolation space travel suffer swim swim meet titan win|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Production Design|
|producer||Danny DeVito Gail Lyon Michael Shamberg Stacey Sher|
|theme||biopunk discrimination dystopian genetic engineering science fiction drama security and surveillance the future|