Movie Review: Gattaca

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Vincent Freeman was born into a futuristic society dominated by biological technology. In this society, genetic technology has become so advanced, a drop of blood at the time of your birth can tell you any diseases you might develop the day you will die. More importantly, wealthy parents can choose to have their unborn children engineered to be as perfect as their potential would allow. This type of technology created a prejudice society of the genetically altered against “natural-borns.” Vincent’s parents did not have the foresight to know that the future of a natural-born would be laden with prejudice and discrimination, and they conceived him through the power of love, rather than technology. A young, naïve Vincent spent his youth dreaming of becoming an astronaut, only to one day have his father sit him down and tell him that he was barely capable of cleaning a rocket ship, nonetheless operating one. Because of his inherited flaws and his natural born status, Vincent had no hope of succeeding in this society.
Despite the discrimination Vincent remained inspired, destined to one day travel to space. Vincent grew up with a genetically engineered brother who enjoyed all the luxuries of perfect genes and the label of a “Valid” member of society, but one day Vincent beat his brother in a swimming competition and saved him from drowning. That day he knew the “Valids” could be beaten and he could succeed in this society despite the discrimination.
Vincent enlisted the help of a man who essentially sold the identities and DNA of others who were “Valid” and genetically superior. The identity of the man who Vincent would soon become belonged to Jerome Murrow. Jerome was a champion swimmer who has broken his back, leaving his paralyzed from the waist down. Vincent and Jerome looked similar, and after some cosmetic procedures, Vincent was ready to become Jerome. In exchange for monetary compensation and a continuation of Jerome’s good reputation, Jerome gave Vincent all the blood, urine, hair, and skin samples necessary to prove to anyone that Vincent was actually the valid Jerome Murrow.
With his new identity, self taught knowledge, and a life-long passion, Vincent infiltrated Gattaca, an elitist space exploration company, and rose through the ranks to become a top-notch navigator. With just a week left before he was scheduled to fulfill his dream and launch into space, the mission coordinator was murdered and an intensive investigation around Gattaca jeopardized Vincent’s fraudulent identity and his dream. The finding of one of Vincent’s non-valid eyelashes in Gattaca kicked off a game of cat and mouse that took up a large portion of the movie. Vincent dodges all the DNA tests and maintains his elite identity until the actual culprit of the murder is found. A relieved Vincent thinks there’s nothing...

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