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F Ilm Analysis Of Gataca, Concentration In Ethics.

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INTRODUCTIONThe film "Gattaca" explores a world where genetic engineering has reached a level that people can be designed and purpose built. It is a world not to far from the one we live in, one only a very brief time in the future. It is a world where children are manufactured, and space travel in done in relatively normal daily wear clothes and occurs on a daily basis. This world is one where discrimination is not based on race, gender, culture, or creed but by genetic makeup. IF one was not built then one is by nature inferior. Even its title hints at something more. "Gattaca" is derived from the chemicals that make p the DNA chain (guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine.) This becomes very important when combined with the tag line "There is no gene for the human spirit". This film asks the most basic question one could ask of mankind; is a man merely the sum of his parts, incapable of exceeding a genetic destiny or are genetics just the starting point for a set of glorious (or notorious) possibilities limited only by desire?PLOT SYNOPSISA person of invalid genetics, Vincent Freeman, adopts the identity of someone, Jerome Eugene Morrow, who is of the proper genetic makeup. Initially there is some degree of conflict between the Vincent and Jerome. Jerome feels that Vincent initially does not deserve the life he is taking and thusly resents him. He is offering his genetic identity for sale due to a paralyzing injury that left him in a wheel chair. Vincent must alter his physical makeup to match Jerome's and by doing so earns his respect. Vincent dreams of space travel and must use Jerome's identity to be admitted into the program. Once admitted he then proceeds to pursue his dream with the vigor and will of a man with a dream and an obsessive personality. His dream is put into danger when a murder is committed in the facility within he works. The police proceed to thoroughly examine every inch of the facility and find one stray hair that belongs to him and not Jerome. This causes the police to pursue him as a suspect in the murder of a superior. His identity safely hidden with Jerome he experiences a great amount of tension trying to avoid his lie being revealed. His brother, who was created in the new normal, but artificial way, eventually discovers him. They talk and repeat a race they had in childhood, based on distance from shore, Vincent swims farther, and rescues his brother from certain drowning. The Murder committed by a genetic "valid" is determined to be irrelevant to the pending launch and Vincent achieves his goal of reaching space.TECHNOLOGICAL ANALYSISThe technology of Gattaca is frighteningly close to availability. The full human genome has been mapped and the beginnings of gene identification are well on their way. In the past month there have been five major human genome related projects announcing results that received large amounts of media coverage, as well as an uncountable number of results that did not receive press...

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