Gattaca Essays

1243 Words Jan 26th, 2006 5 Pages
Andrew Niccol's Gattaca portrays a discriminatory society in which status and quality of life is determined solely by a DNA profile. However, it is against this oppressive regime that Vincent Freeman shines, as Niccol conveys the importance of maintaining individuality – in those qualities which deem his protagonist unique. Throughout the film Niccol criticises those who conform and contribute to this, while simultaneously he praises those valids who do rebel in order to emphasise how pivotal it is that the human race does not succumb to lead the existence portrayed by this "not to distant future" society.

From an early point in the film, Niccol depicts the environment of the Gattaca corporation. It is a sterile and artificial world
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Then, as an adolescent, he does not allow his "goals to change much in the intervening years" due to the psychologically damaging and pessimistic comments of his father,-"the only way you'll ever see the inside of a spaceship is if you were cleaning it". Instead, it can be considered that he uses utilises these hardships and the belief of others that he cannot achieve his dream, as motivation to do exactly that. Resorting to more "extreme measures", Niccol demonstrates the qualifier which make Vincent unique, in his infallible determination and dedication, by means of communicating the importance of maintaining those traits not determined by a genetic profile. We witness Vincent's commitment to his dream, as he undergoes intense physical training and a painful leg lengthening operation - after which even the cynical Jerome "does not question his commitment". Again, in the scene where Vincent bravely crosses the road despite his myopia – Irene's later comment "you couldn't see could you..…you crossed anyway" mirrors the viewer's astonishment that Vincent possesses so much courage. Here, the atmosphere created by Niccol as the music crescendos and the tempo quickens conveys the importance of Vincent overcoming and defeating this challenge. Niccol involves the viewer here with the building of such an intense moment, as in effect he

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