Gattaca

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Alan Silverstein

Plot: What’s it about?

Quite possibly one of the most unnoticed sci-fi films to be released in recent years, Gattaca is among the best. Writer / director Andrew Niccol has created an incredible film. Besides the obvious all-star cast of Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Alan Arkin, the film is so beautifully done that even a non-sci-fi fan will appreciate this movie. The story follows the life of an aspiring astronaut (Vincent, played by Hawke) who’s dreams are ignored by society because he is not genetically engineered like most humans in his time. His faults make it impossible for him to achieve his aspirations.

As a solution, he hides himself behind an identity that allows him into Gattaca, a futuristic NASA. Amidst his rise through Gattaca, he must fool everyone into believing that he is someone he is not. His identity as Jerome Morrow is threatened by everyone, except his love interest Irene, played by the always stunning Thurman. She knows his secret and it only brings them closer.

The ending not only brings a wonderful culmination to a brilliant script, but also provides a few surprises that help to demonstrate the true meaning behind the movie.

Without a doubt, after watching this movie one leaves with a feeling inside that makes them proud to be human. Movies like this, The Shawshank Redemption and Saving Private Ryan demonstrate how strong the human spirit can be. Gattaca, while a great sci-fi movie on its own, also manages to be an uplifting, poignant story of triumph over adversity.

Video: How does it look?

Picture quality is wholly adequate for this film. The clean, sterile look of the sets is presented well with a sharp, well defined picture. The sets and props tend to have a lot of metallic color in them, which can sometimes be difficult to reproduce. Here, they scream realism without being overly done. Contrast is a bit low, but I think it suits the film well. My only regret is that this picture is non-anamorphic. It is nice however that they provide both 2.35:1 and Pan-n-Scan versions, just incase you have friends who don’t realize what they’re missing when watching movies in they’re butchered form.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not much to say, the movie is almost totally dialogue driven. A few times the surrounds and sub kicks in, but only for the brief shuttle launches. The dialogue is clear and crisp. The musical score also suits the film well and is presented with a soft sound that really pulls you into the film. Nothing extraordinary here, but it most certainly does the job.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I was actually surprised to find what I did, and equally surprised to not find a few things. The requisite trailer is included. Along with the trailer is a brief documentary style featurette. Not too much information, but it definitely had a few nice quotes from the actors involved. A poster gallery and photo gallery are also included, not bad but nothing special either. The deleted scenes though are a really nice addition. There aren’t too many but enough make you see some parts of the story that weren’t presented theatrically. None of them are really bad so its worth the time to watch them. With the nice selection of extras on this disc I was surprised not to find cast/crew bios. I’m sure they could fill a few screens with some information. But all in all the extras that were included are a welcome addition to a fine disc.

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