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| Vincent's parents have a second child. This time they conceive through genetic engineering. The two sons, Vincent and Anton, grow up together. Vincent sets out to beat the system from an early age. He competes with his brother in swimming contests and finally wins. He realizes that he can beat the system through hard work, ingenuity and self-determination.
|| Ingenuity is most important. In order to "transform" himself into a Valid, Vincent needs to take on the persona of a Valid. Through an illegal DNA broker, he makes a deal with a Valid man named Jerome (Jude Law), who has the right genes, blood and credentials, but was paralyzed in an accident. Jerome will provide Vincent with blood, urine samples and a Valid identity. The transformation begins. In order to become the nessesary height Jerome, in a crucified position, has additional bone grafted into his legs and gains 2 inches. Jerome sheds his blood so Vincent can place it in his false fingertip. Vincent scrubs his whole body to rid himself of any old loose skin. Through the shedding of the old self (skin), the shedding blood and the painful cross Vincent is then transformed into a "new person" -Jerome. It is interesting to note that both the names Vincent and Jerome are the names of very famous Christian saints.
|| It works. Jerome/Vincent can now enter the brave new world as a Valid. A few more tricks include wearing a heartbeat recording during exercise time so his imperfect real heart won't be detected. Transformation always brings about a new heart. He now pursues his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his flight, a Gattaca mission director is murdered and an unnoticed eyelash singles out Vincent, but not Jerome, as a suspect. When the colleague he has fallen in love with (Uma Thurman) begins to suspect his deception he feels compelled to reveal his true self. He tells her. She can't understand how an Invalid can physically achieve a Valid's physical endurance. He has her feel his heart.
Feeling his imperfect heart she says, "You are a God-child."
He replies, "My heart's okay. I should have died long ago."
"It's not possible," she says.
"You're the authority of what is not possible. They got you looking so hard for any flaws that after a while that's all you see. I'm here to tell you it's possible."
| His brother also discovers his true identity too. In one final swim in the chaotic sea Vincent proves that an Invalid can outperform a Valid. Anton swims to exhaustion and Vincent must save him. As they swim back to shore the heavens open. Truly, this is the child of God.
||In the final scenes Vincent and Jerome have a last supper together in which a wine glass plays a significant part (see the video). Afterwards, Vincent places Jerome in bed as he lies in a cross like position. The following day, Vincent finally gets to ascend into space. He kept his eyes on the goal and heaven became his.
ABOUT THE LETTERS IN GATTACA
Gattaca is definetely the best sci fi film I've ever seen. Transformation is indeed the key notion of the film and each main male character is trying to resemble someone else. The theme of the double is really essential here. Vincent manages to change identity thanks to Eugene's DNA. What is interesting to notice is that the very word GATTACA is solely made of the letters A, T, C, G which correspond to the nitrogen bases (Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine, Guanine) which partly constitute the nucleotids which DNA is composed of. As a consequence, the very place Gattaca stands as a microcosm representing this whole society which has come to consider DNA as the only way to judge people. Andrew Niccol is something of a genius !!!
END TIMES MOVIE? GATTACA IS GREAT STUFF ANYWAY!
SCIENCE FICTION IS THE REALM OF THE SPIRIT
My response: And thank you for your wonderful contribution to HJ!
GATTACA -COOL AND BEAUTIFUL
THERE'S NO GENE FOR THE HUMAN SPIRIT
A JACOB AND ESAU TALE
MOVIE AND MUSIC PERFECT MATCH
ONE OF THE BEST
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