In the ‘not-to-distant future’, the world of Gattaca is where genetic engineering has become the normal approach to procreation. Gattaca’s society involves a culture of self-advancement through genetic determinisms, a caste system of valid and in-valids and social discrimination based on ‘genoism’. This sterile and cold society of elitist collaborations like Gattaca promotes competition, isolation and discrimination. This is something that is dangerous to individuals and relationships and shows an arrogant belief to the world of science. Despite this hierarchical world it isn’t the technology that stands alone as dangerous to individuals, instead it is the human sprit or lack of it and the desire one has to reach their dreams that have an
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Genes become destiny. Genoist society rejects the desires and dreams of un-enhanced in-valids like Vincent. This dangerous world of discrimination is shown when in-valids segregated in ghettos, are rounded up after the Director’s murder, and the contemptuous attitude of the policeman towards Eugene, before learning of his genetic superiority. Ashamed of Vincent’s genetic ‘destiny’, his father gives his name to his next son, who is genetically engineered for the elite. Shots of Vincent’s childhoods show him separated from the family group, revealing class divisions and genetic descrimation even in the nuclear family itself. Anton, fearful of ‘inferior’ blood, refuses to become Vincent’s blood brother, putting elite statue and ‘blood’ ahead of ‘blood’ relations. When Vincent isn’t allowed to attend school, because the ‘insurance’ wont cover it, it shows to us again the discrimating and dangerous world that uncontrolled technology created. Shadows criss-cross Vincent’s body like bars when he scrubs away his body materials, conveying a sense of imprisonment imposed by his genetic ‘destiny’ and society’s expectations of his potential and role. He is an individual who must rebel.
The falsity of predictive genetics is exposed through Vincent who rises above his ‘destiny’. His scrupulous scrubbing and falsying of genetic materials stress the struggle required to defy society’s imposed destiny. Proving ‘there is no