Gattaca is a sci-fi/noire movie i have seen a few times and really enjoyed watching. The trailer opens with the narrator describing a futuristic society, where Vincent lives.
“In the not so distant future our DNA will determine, where you can work, who you should marry, what you are capable of achieving… In a society where success is determined by science”
The short story is that there are genetically engineered-to-be-perfect babies, and they get the upper hand, and then there are regular babies, they are not ‘perfect’ and have been predetermined for failure in one way or another.
Vincent played by Ethan Hawke, has:
- A dream
- A plan
- Determination to win
His dream was to make it to the space program and travel to the stars, genetic screening will prevent him from doing so,because he was conceived as a regular non-engineered baby with the possibility of developing a heart defect, he is not eligible to travel to the stars, He is an In-valid.
This notion will not deterr him, and his plan was to get into the space program by obtaining a fake identity, which he buys from Jerome Eugene Morrow (Jude Law), who will provide him with urine,blood,hair samples that will help Vincent get around constant genetic identity validation, he must be very careful not to leave behind his own DNA, and as always there are multiple complications and close calls.
Vincent and Anton his genetically engineered brother play a game of ‘chicken’. They both swim out to sea, and the first to give up and swim back to shore is the loser. Anton always wins due to his superior physical stamina.
But there is this particular time where Vincent actually saves Anton from drowning. Months later Anton challenges Vincent again. They swim out, where Anton asks Vincent how he beat him before. Vincent explains that he never saved anything for the swim back.