Gattac (Part II)
By Mike Derderian
Ecce homo, behold the man… Where? Just look in a mirror and you’ll find him gazing at you anxiously. Wrinkles cover his aging face, fingers cloistered onto each other forming a lifeless fist as he wheezes time away like an old man, who earnestly remembers the glories of the old world when man alone was the center of the universe.
Will your soul burn as bright as it did when you were eighteen of age once you reach eighty? I’ll try but what about you?
Overdrive for life, is it possible? To me, all the time in the world won’t be enough to experience life’s beauty to the maximum.
If I was given the choice I would lock myself up in a cellar watching films until the end of eternity but then I would miss out on my script, film, soundtrack and plot, which is living a good and fruitful life with the person I love.
What would you choose, a bright career or spending your life with the half that was lost in Eden’s labyrinth as Satan deprived us of it eternal bliss with a single bite? Three years ago I found an apple placed in the middle of the road. It was dark, lonely and I was lost in an asphalt jungle called civilization. What did I do? Well, I kept on walking for the seeds of the first apple still rest in my heart, burning my soul until I find the path to Eden once more.
No matter what people think of a person and how hard life gets, especially when a physical impediment adds to its adversity, that person should always follow his dreams, for who knows he or she might eventually catch their rainbow.
The same applies to the main protagonist in Gattaca, Vincent Freeman, who refused to be dubbed an invalid and to be deprived the opportunity of proving himself a successful human. In the course of his strife, Freeman rekindles the fighter spirit in another person, who called it quits from a long time ago. That person is Jerome Eugene Morrow, who was a first class sportsman—a valid—but unfortunately suffered an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Gattaca is a touching narrative of how these two men will complement each other’s existence while a love story brews on the sideline providing a touch of vulnerability and humanity to a sci-fi thriller set in a not so distant future.
Despite being a philosophical film in the core, Gattaca provides the viewer with the perfect classical topnotch adrenaline rush that was familiar in the 60’s films, when mind twisting shocking finales were more than essential to construct a plot.
Starring young aspiring actors like Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Tony Shalhoub, Xander Berkeley and veteran actor Alan Arkin as detective Hugo, you’ll find that Gattaca is more than a close shave and a hair brush film.
By the end of the film, we come to the conclusion that a man’s dream is another man’s motive and this what the triangular sub-plot helped in developing as it unraveled the X-factor between Vincent, Jerome and Irene Cassini.
Cassinie (played by a very young Thurman) is your typical ice-cold queen, whose warmth of heart will be exposed by Vincent’s passion for his dream and, at the same level, for her. Opposites attract and this where the director brilliantly utilized the cheek and tongue dialogue that aroused whenever Hawke and Thurman bumped into each other. The soft love story between the couple, who share more elements than they can imagine, is a twist that will add more intensity and suspense to the film’s events.
The climax of the film is stirred up by a horrific murder that takes place in Gattaca, which as a result is now swarming with Hoovers or futuristic cops. Instead of carrying guns, these efficient units carry small vacuum cleaners in search of DNA evidence.
Oddly enough, Law’s character, Jerome, parodies many of the obnoxious personas that he brilliantly helped in creating over the years, like the ones in the Talented Mr Ripley, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Wilde.
Now, carrying another person’s blood, hair, skin and urine in small plastic containers in order to trick Gattaca’s identification machines might be a little too extreme and revolting for some, but for those with a dream it is a means to an end and some are even willing to sign a pack with the devil himself.
Despite being void of any sci-fi spectacular effects and sets like the one’s found in I, Robot, A.I, Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall, the film nevertheless places us within the chilling and eerie sci-fi feel rather than texture. The artistic sets and 1950’s ambience whether in costumes, music and police cars reflects that no matter how deep in the future we live there is always room for the past.
Will he manage to board the shuttle mission to Titan, as Hoovers get closer and closer to exposing him? Did he kill the director of the mission and does he and Irene get married and live happily ever after? You’ll know when you watch it.