In der nahen High-Tech-Zukunft entscheidet ein Gentest gleich nach der Geburt über das Schicksal der Kinder. Futuristische Biochemie macht es möglich, dass fast alle Eltern sportliche, hochintelligente Superbabies zur Welt bringen. Vincent aber hat Pech gehabt. Wegen seiner körperlichen Schwächen wird er nie zur Elite gehören. Doch er träumt davon, als Gattaca-Pilot die Galaxis zu erforschen. Vincents Freund Jerome hat beste Gene, ein Unfall hat ihn allerdings an den Rollstuhl gefesselt. Beide tauschen ihre Identität. Ein äußerst riskanter Plan, denn die strengen Sicherheitskontrollen des perfekt organisierten Polizeistaates sind kaum zu umgehen. Bald hat Vincent die Geheimdienste auf den Fersen … Ein spannender sci-fi thriller mit beängstigendem Zukunftsszenario. Ethan Hawke (“Reality Bites”) und Uma Thurman (“Batman & Robin”, “Pulp Fiction”) in einem brandgefährlichen Spiel, das durchaus wahr werden könnte. (It’s called German. I’ve got a German copy of the film.)
1997 – Certificate 12 – American Film
8.5 out of 10
My washing machine broke down on Christmas Eve. Well more accurately, it still washes things but it won’t dry them. Using my amazing engineering skills, I’ve worked out that it’s either a broken thermostat or something to do with the fan. Unfortunately I can’t be sure, as my skills don’t extend to having the special sort of screwdriver that appears to be needed to open the case where the fan lives. I think I can hear it spinning but I can’t see the end of the spindle turning, which is a bit confusing. Few things piss me off more than technology breaking and companies producing things which require a special bit of information (that they make it very hard to find out), or a special tool to fix. So as you might imagine, this little occurrence has made me incandescent with fury. The fact it happened at the most inconvenient possible moment of the year has just made things worse. Really, it’s just as well I’m not the one with ‘my finger on the button’.
In the near future, parents will be able to create a ‘designer baby’ for themselves. These “Valids” will go on to get all the best jobs, whilst the rest of us do the crappy stuff. I know this to be true, because even Ernest Borgnine could only get a job as an office cleaner in “Gattaca”, yet a few years ago he was one of the crew of “Airwolf”, the most advanced helicopter ever built. (It had a good theme tune too.) Our hero Vincent wants to go into space, but sadly he’s one of the “Invalids”, the rubbish people who got born the normal way. So starts his quest to beat the system. I’ve seen a lot of good films over the past month or so and this is yet another. Within its ‘hard’ sci-fi setting and 1984 overtones, this is a thriller with a great “will he or won’t he make it” right up to the end. With its murder-crime subplot and some entirely superfluous love interest provided by Uma Thurman, we get to watch Vincent and his mate collecting bottles of blood, hair and other bits of discarded body from the latter; (mainly skin and stuff, we’re not talking about anything too Frankenstein-like here). It’s a while since I saw a film with so much urine in it too, although to be fair it’s generally all contained in bags or plastic beakers; they’re a bit obsessed with testing at Gattaca. (It’s the name of the company that does the space launches.) Things don’t quite go to plan, (even more so if you watch the deleted scenes), someone gets murdered, the police investigate. It’s just the sort of shit you don’t want to have to put up with when you’re about to diddle your way onto the first manned flight to Titan. The final scene is really quite powerful and it’s a “proper good film” as they might say up North.
With a great film should come great music and we’re not disappointed here. A full orchestral score, it’s not used a lot, but when it is things get taken to an extra level. As an interesting side point, there’s a scene where we see a 12 fingered pianist playing a bit of music that’s actually meant to be impossible for one person to play; (Schubert’s Impromptu No. 3 in G flat Major, with some extra bits). I find that strangely cool.
I’m not especially keen on this trailer. It’s sort of okay, but it doesn’t really get across the feel of the film.
Recommended for astronauts, police detectives and the genetically pure.
No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Top badass moment? It has to be the impossible to play piano performance. As someone who can barely manage to play “English Country Garden” on the piano with two fingers, am I the only one who finds that whole idea strangely arousing? Oh, right. Okay then… I think I’ve just discovered a new kind of porn. (Well actually no, as Google gives nearly 52,000 results for “piano porn”.) Now that really is very weird.
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