Gattaca Essay: Narrative Voice Exploration

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Gattaca Essay

At the beginning of Gattaca, approximately eight minutes into the film, Vincent Freeman narrates and gives the viewers a summation of his life to the present time and also an insight into his desires restrained by his predetermined capabilities. The voice over extends for 20 minutes, stopping when it seems Vincent has transformed into Jerome, both physically and mentally. The mood is set to be that of a film noir as the voice over is a common vice used in that genre to tell the story through a character’s eyes.
“No, there's truly nothing remarkable about the progress of Jerome Morrow...
Except that I am not Jerome Morrow.” This quote was shocking, in the film, as we had been listening to Vincent describe Jerome and his
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Seeing the world from Vincent’s view is the most realistic and least warped as his judgements aren’t based on genetic perfection. The audience forms a trust with the main character due to his situation and explanation of his life. The voice over explains Vincent’s motives behind his actions and describes the importance of genetics in the film. The scene in which he applies for a job is extensively explained so that we as an audience can understand the concept and extremity of the genetic discrimination. “I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the colour of your skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science.” This quote alone creates a mood change in which the viewer feels slightly disheartened at realising the enormity of Vincent’s dream.
The voice over connected different sections of the film together, allowing the audience to easily follow and understand the plot and current scenes. It created continuity between the start of the scene where Vincent is featured in Gattaca, his childhood and his undertakings to become Jerome Morrow. Without the voice over, the scenes wouldn’t connect or make sense, thus failing at telling the story. Vincent explains the scenes that are presented and provides his view on the happenings. The voice over links scenes and increases the understanding of the overall film.
The voice over is provided to inform and explain the beginnings and development of Vincent and to display his yearning to be in

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