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Gattaca 1997

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel...

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@SnoweEnvelop91 This is such a lovely movie! It's very self-empowering and one of my favorites.

I hope you enjoy it!
@Darshu , I definitely wanna watch this after I read your comment. Trailer sucks, true. It's a surprise what movie trailers can do for a film, negatively and positively...
10/10 one of my absolute fav's
@ioioio I agree. Loved it when it came out.
This movie is literally extraordinary 8)
whoever made the trailer for this movie should be shot. I almost didn't watch the movie because of it but I'm glad i did. 8/10
Loved this movie as a kid, still love it today. One of the very few movies that glorifies hard work rather than special circumstance.
A good film that could have been great if it had strayed away from the crushing sentimentality. The dialogue is laughable in some key moments and its earnestness is its achilles heel. Overall the score is great (when it's not used to overly emphasize an emotion) the set design is wonderful, and Hawke and Law give good performances. There are so many missed opportunities in this film, however, one of which could have been more scenes with Elias Koteas as the father, but it's only one of many.

A look at Niccol's career since this film only serves to emphasize that he is, for lack of a better term, a SciFi cheesemeister. Watch The Host and you'll see definitive proof. Easily one of the worst mainstream SciFi films of the last few years.
9/10. Leaves me speechless everytime. And agreed all what mg_nificent said.
Agreed. Indicative of a pre-Orwellian dystopia, preluding to 1984?

A scary, yet realistic vision of the future combined with film noir aspects (the look of the thing! the murder case!). Interesting characters, loved the visuals, loved the ending, loved the music.
Yup, I think I have a new entry in my top 20.
***1/2 / ****
Uma obra interessante e que melhora com o passar do tempo.
Brazil-The best distopian film ever!!!!!!!!!!! Jon Pryce does a great job acting so introverted and DeNiro as (B)uttle is just brilliant. This movie is also proof that you don't need Cgi for convincing special effects. Gilliam is a fucking genius.

Fahrenheit 451-I honestly didn't like this movie even though I wanted to. I am such a big fan of the Bradbury book that I felt had better ideas for a movie version. And the acting is so stiff, I almost fell asleep. Herrmann's score is great though.

1984-John Hurt does a great job performing in this film as Winston although this film is only for people who read the Orwell novel. Also, the film lacks the important spirit the book had which meant alot to me when I read it.

Dark City-GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!! I've never cheered so much in a movie before when Rufes Sewell was kicking telekinetic alien ass. And William Hurt as the Detective is memorable.

Gattaca-REALLY UNDERRATED. This film has great music, performances, photography, and story. It's kind of like Brave New World with the Chaste system. And the suspense is great.

Sorry if I have been lacking pics lately. I've been lazy.:D

The first time I saw this film, I was engaged with it on a story level; the thematic weight of the film is not subtle by any means, but it does a lovely job of masking itself with genuine suspense. The story of a genetically imperfect man who only yearns to fulfill what he has always dreamed of in a world that demands genetic perfection, the film has enough taut moments, despite its languid elegance, that one is propelled forward with tension.

This time, however, the suspense removed, I was genuinely moved by the film. Ethan Hawke does nothing so well as invest the character of Vincent with palpable yearning. The entire story reflects a feeling of reaching for something just out of reach, and buoyed by an entirely believable futuristic milieu, the themes of defining one's potential and the ability of mankind to surpass its limitations through force of will hit home in a strikingly original and humanistic way.

The film is only slightly marred by contrivance, including a couple of 'twists' and a senseless suicide; however, the power of the film's belief, like the human spirit it champions, overcomes these limitations to resonate and entertain.

Easily the best sci/fi movie of the last 10 years.

I enjoyed this movie, particularly the performances of Jude Law and Ethan Hawke. The cinematography is great, and the subject matter is fascinating because it could actually happen in the not so distant future. The movie's overall message is good, that you can't defeat the human spirit. Gattaca is an entertaining sci-fi drama, but in some parts I felt that the acting was weak and the plot lost steam.
I have this thing that I do with an internet friend called "Movie of the Month". So I went out and rented "Gattaca".

I really had no idea what this was about. I was only told that it was good and it had Jude Law in it. Well, once my mom and I got to Blockbuster, my mom told me it was "science-fictiony". Which, I discovered later, it really didn't strike me as a really science fiction movie. But it certainly wasn't Adventure, which was what it was classified as at Blockbuster. So no real pre-movie thoughts.

What it turned out to be was more of a crime film if anything. Yes, it did take place in the future, but for me anyway, that does not give the science fiction classifacation. The whole plot of Vincent changing his idenity with Jerome, and the whole bit about the cops being able to find you from anything you touch or anything you leave behind (ie. eye lash) struck me more as a crime movie. Anywho.

I did enjoy this movie. I was strongly reminded of "Minority Report". but "Gattaca" is what "Minority Report" would be if it made more sense. Then again, "Gattaca" was released before "Minority Report". I felt that "Gattaca" was a little more emotion sensitive than "Minority Report" which is movie that, while has a feasible plot and all, seems to be more centered on the scenery and effects. That really was my only qualm with this movie. But yet again, thats more a "Minority Report" complaint.

It was a very emotional movie, and the main character (played very well by Ethan Hawke) had a good motive for comitting a crime that I feel most audience members would be able to identify. Jude Law was a highlight in the role of the more obviously self-serving Jerome. The two characters were good foils for each other and the actors worked well together. And I'm not incredibly familiar with Uma Thurman, but I did like her performance as well. She was a "hidden secrets" character that I really enjoyed.

Simply put: good film. Don't think about "Minority Report" when watching it though, because I know I felt a little cheated. I sat there thinking, "Hey wait, I've seen this before". But it is a really good movie, nice for any occasion really.

And Blockbuster (because I know you read this :P) I would have put that one under Drama.

Directed by Andrew Niccol (1997)

Confidently conceived and brilliantly executed, Gattaca had a somewhat low profile release in 1997, but audiences and critics hailed the film's originality. It's since been recognized as one of the most intelligent science fiction films of the 1990s... and deservingly so. At first I didn't really have any interest in watching this film. Never read the critic's reviews, but I did found out how many people loved it. But I didn't expect much when I rented this film, and oh boy, did I get so much more than what I was expecting.

The film is set in the not-too-distant future, where the moment you're born, your date of birth, diseases etc. is already known by one simple drop of blood. And no matter how smart you are, no matter how skilled you are, if you don't have the 'right' genes, then you won't be what you want to be. But this never stopped Vincent from achieving his dreams. As Vincent, he becoms Jerome, with the help of a disabled man, who's extremely intelligent and great at sports too, but only second. Posing as Jerome, he is able to get into Gattaca, and now, he is about to embark in a 1-year mission to Titan. He then meets Irene (Uma Thurman), and then, he finds a reason to stay when they both fall in love. Later, Irene finds out what he's been up to, and doesn't accept it. But later on, she does, and she finds out about Vincent.

Part thriller, part futuristic drama and cautionary tale, Gattaca establishes its social structure so convincingly that the entire scenario is chillingly believable. A flawless film in my eyes, with superb direction by Niccol, amazing performances by everyone, and with beautiful cinematography, and surprisingly, a sci-fi film without that much visuals. Just... flawless.

:fresh: 10/10
I'm beginning to seriously doubt anyone even reads my journal anymore, but oh well. I've rewatched two movies I like a lot and watched one I hadn't seen before and loved, so great two days for me. I also stayed the night at Justin's place which was very nice indeed.

Kill Bill Vol. 1
Bloody and awesome. One of the most entertaining movies I've seen in a long time. I hadn't seen it until today when they played a special extra screening at the cinema due to Vol. 2 coming out soon. Uma Thurman is awesome. The violence was in bucketloads but was cartoonish in presentation so thankfully was hilarious and entertaining rather than purely grotesque. The showdown scene was fantastic. My favourite part: the lady slipping around on the blood amongst the carnage. Tarantino has a knack for making morbid things seem funny. I can't wait for Vol. 2.

Uma Thurman again... didn't realise how fantastic she is until the last two days. Ethan Hawke is absolutely stunning in this film, excellent performance and looks so good it's ridiculous. Yum. Jude Law is outstanding as always. What I really love about this film though is the unique story and excellent script.

The Hours
A very engaging drama with three truly outstanding central performances from three of today's most popular and acclaimed actresses. Everyone who watches the movie seems to have a different opinion on which of the three was best, which I think stands to prove how great all three were. I personally found Nicole Kidman's performance the most memorable and inspired. I loved not only how she adopted a new physicality and voice , but was expressive with her performance and made her character's swift changes in temperament seem natural in her climactic scene. I also liked the script a lot. I haven't read the book and it's probably better, but this is a great script nonetheless, very insightful. I loved the ending.
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