GATTACA: Movie Analysis

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In the movie GATTACA, which takes place some time in the future, it is considered normal for parents to visit doctors who specialized in child conception in order to select the best traits for their children. While the majority of the human race in GATTACA chose to rely on doctors specializing in child conception in order to determine the traits of their child, there are those who still use the “old” and natural way of conceiving. Some would say that “playing God” for their children would be wrong while others might say that this could be the dawn of a new future for the human race. Nevertheless, the things done in GATTACA that could happen in the near future are all keys to doors that could open up new possibilities for trait selection for …show more content…
The first negative aspect to the world of GATTACA would be that those chosen to be one’s partner seemed to be solely based on the other person’s genetic sequence and their “ranking.” When Irene goes to sequence Jerome’s (Vincent’s) hair and gets the sequence back, the person working at the sequencing booth tells her that Jerome’s “rating” is a 9.3 and that he is “quite the catch.” By saying this, combined with the public sequencing booths, the world of GATTACA is one that is based on genes and makes it seems like that there would be no love at first sight, but rather love at the first sight of each other’s sequences. Also, when the public sequencing booth told Irene that Jerome (Vincent) his rating, how was Jerome’s sequence rated? What would be considered a 10? Superman? The idea of only choosing someone based off of their genes or their rating is just wrong. In GATTACA, it would seem to me that most people choose their spouse after looking at each other’s genetic sequences and rating and perhaps not even truly love the other one. Also, if one partner decided to go sequence the other and finds out that they might not have the rating or sequence that was hoped for, then the relationship between the two might be severed. Only those who did not care too much about one’s genes could be able to find their true love. It seems that the world of …show more content…
There are some aspects of it that would be beneficial, but there is a portion that made it seem like humans went back in time. I believe that people can be genetically altered to a certain point. People should only be allowed to be given traits that allow them to live longer and healthier lives like being immune to diseases and illness. However, anything further than that I would not agree with. People would then only be the products of there parents and would be confined to whatever traits they had and not by what they could gain. For example, near the end of the movie, Irene and Vincent go to a piano concert where the piece was played by a 12 fingered man because only the piece was written so that only people with 12 fingers could play it. The pianist would have been confined to living his parents’ dream, but what if he did not want to become a pianist? What would one do about their sixth finger or any other special trait that the, but what if he did not want to become a pianist? What would one do about their sixth finger or any other special trait that they had for a certain activity? Also, if people became more and more genetically engineered, would they not basically be similar to synthetic life, except for the fact that they actually had parents? The genes from one’s parents would only be the template for their child as probably most of the genes will be removed in order to add in ones that are favorable

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