Clearly, Vincent is the hero of Gattaca. Do you agree? ! ! Ambition. Conquest. Determination. Andrew Niccol's captivating film, Gattaca
comprehensibly explores these three potent terms which defines a hero in a deeper
meaning throughout the character of Vincent Freeman. Gattaca, a science fictional
film set in the not-too-distant future, explores the life of Vincent as he has been
categorised by society as inferior. Despite the fact that "The only way [others] can
succeed is to see [Vincent] fail", Vincent's ambition to reach his dream of travelling to
the stars never weakens. Throughout the various cinematic and scripture techniques
implemented by Niccol's, Gattaca successfully portrays the vision that Vincent is the
hero by using themes of adversity, relationships with other characters, aspirations to
achieve one's dream and the assistance of others to achieve one's dream. It is clearly
evident that in the film Vincent encounters many disruptions and obstacles in
achieving his aspiration, yet it is through these in which he becomes a true hero.!
! Adversity is a term which expresses the daily lifestyle of Vincent Freeman, however
throughout these daily hardships, he becomes a victorious hero. Vincent has had an
extremely hard time as he grows up in the society of Gattaca due to his classification
as an "Invaild" - a individual who is not a product of genetic engineering. !
Throughout Vincent's life, his dreams and ambitions have constantly been
suppressed by others, the film portrays that society has an obsession with defining
people by their genetic 'background'. Vincent is not accepted into pre-school because
"the insurance wouldn't cover it". Niccol's manifests this particular scene with an
extreme close up of Vincent behind large, dull bars which symbolises he is isolated
and not accepted from the outer society. Even from his teenage years, his father
stated "The only way [he was] going to see the inside of a spaceship is if [he was] cleaning
it". Additionally, his brother stipulated to Vincent that "[He] knows [he's] gonna loose"
How is one able to follow their dreams if their own family emphasises that it will
never be achieved? Vincent's destined to be an invalid but driven to rebel; even
know his "real resume was in [his] cells", Vincent's bravery and determination assists
him to surpass his predetermined potential measured at birth. It is through all the
hardships and struggles faced by Vincent in which he triumphs to become stronger
and ultimately, is the hero of Gattaca.!
! The dynamic relationships Vincent has formed with other characters in Gattaca is
steadfast and these connections enable him to become a hero. Irene Cassini, an
obedient employee at Gattaca is considered to be a valid member of society, however
she is less than full member of the club. Like Vincent, Irene has a "weak" heart,
which prevents her from ascending to the top of Gattaca's corporate ladder. Niccol's
cleverly implements within...