Gattaca (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Andrew M. Niccol Starring: Uma Thurman Ethan Hawke

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Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, and Jude Law star in this engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Hawke stars as Vincent, an "In-Valid" who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202912783
UPC 043396154339
UPC 14 00043396154339
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/19/2010
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3361
Keywords
Futuristic
Mystery
Physically Impaired
Science-Fiction
Switching Roles
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note In the 21st century, genetic engineering makes possible the creation of biologically superior human specimens ("valids"), who then grow to positions of power and prestige. Would-be astronaut Vincent (Ethan Hawke) born the old-fashioned way, can only hope for a janitorial position at the elite Gattaca Corporation--until he buys the blood, urine, and identity of a perfect but paralyzed athlete. But a murder in the company's ranks attracts the attention of a detective who threatens to sniff Vincent out.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...GATTACA is bolstered by an elaborate, often impressive series of riffs on identity and disguise..." 03/01/1998 p.48-9
USA Today "...If smart sci-fi is your vial of tea, GATTACA won't disappoint..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 10/24/1997 p.6D
Entertainment Weekly "...Corporal paranoia transforms suspense into pleasurable dread..." -- Rating: A- 05/08/1998 p.82
New York Times "...A handsome and fully imagined work of cautionary futuristic fiction....An impressively fine-tuned first feature..." 10/24/1997 p.E18
Chicago Sun-Times "...This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas..." 10/24/1997 p.35
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Underrated, understated and gleaming with chilly intelligence." 05/01/2008 p.152
Directors
Andrew M. Niccol
Actors
Uma Thurman
Ethan Hawke
Cast & Crew
Alan Arkin - Actor
Andrew Niccol - Director
Andrew Niccol - Writer
Danny DeVito, et. al. - Producer
Ethan Hawke - Actor
Jan Roelfs - Production Designer
Jude Law - Actor
Lisa Zeno Churgin - Editor
Michael Nyman - Original Music By
Sarah Knowles - Art Director
Slawomir Idziak - Cinematographer
Uma Thurman - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 15433
UPC 00043396154339
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Nominee (1998) Golden Globe, Michael Nyman, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Oscar, Jan Roelfs, Nancy Nye, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review ...Gattaca doesn't just function as a science fiction thriller, but as both a cautionary tale about the dangers of letting scientific ability outstrip ethics and as a morality play about the irrationality of bigotry...Andrew Niccol's oppressive future, which contains more than an element of Orwell's "Big Brother is watching" mentality, isn't just a clever backdrop against which to set a thriller. Instead, it's an integral part of the story...The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level. Gattaca is not a perfect motion picture (I would have appreciated a little more political background), but, at a time when so many science fiction films are dumber than dirt, it makes for a refreshing change-of-pace, and is a fine addition to the Fall movie season.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review Gattaca, the latest futuristic-totalitarian-nightmare movie to come out of Hollywood, opens with the sort of contemporary twist that artists in the genre have always felt compelled to supply...Ethan Hawke plays a four-eyed genetic weakling who tries to pass himself off as one of the "valids" in an attempt to work his way up the ladder of Gattaca, a space-flight corporation, so that he can become an astronaut. He borrows stick-on finger prints and urine samples from a genetically-superior doppelganger who has been paralyzed in an accident. The initial ease of the role reversal holds out the hope that genes don't determine fate, and that even weaklings with glasses can reach for the sky, or snag a date with a gorgeous co-worker like Uma Thurman...Although a murder is added to the story, Gattaca never degenerates into a series of Demolition Man-style shoot-outs. But it also fails to develop the genuine atmosphere of oppression and decay that prevails in futuristic films about totalitarianism like Brazil or 1984.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tom Lyons
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Janet Maslin, The New York Times A handsome and fully imagined work of cautionary futuristic fiction...Thurman grows more bewitching with each role.
Neil Rosen, NY1 News Orwell's 1984 meets Kubrik's 2001. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully directed, superbly acted.
Siskel & Ebert One of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas. Two thumbs up!
Stephen Farber, MovieLine An impressive directorial debut.
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today A brainy "what if."

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