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Gattaca Corp. is an aerospace firm in the future. During this time society analyzes your DNA and determines where you belong in life. Ethan Hawke's character was born with a congenital heart condition which would cast him out of getting a chance to travel in space. So in turn he assumes the identity of an athlete who has genes that would allow him to achieve his dream of space travel.


Studio Sony
SKU 206699991
UPC 043396238886
UPC 14 00043396238886
Format DVD
Release Date 10/28/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Name Hawke,Ethan
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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
Nominee (1998) Golden Globe, Michael Nyman, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Oscar, Jan Roelfs, Nancy Nye, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
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.
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.
Reviewer Tom Lyons
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Hawke,Ethan
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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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