Andrew Niccol’s Film, Gattaca Essay

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Andrew Niccol’s 1997 film Gattaca supports the belief that nature, despite its defects, is preferable to a flawless genetically engineered existence. This idea is explored through the character of Vincent who exhibits desire, resilience and determination, natural ‘human’ elements that cannot be manufactured and are seemingly not present in the ‘faultless’ future that is presented in Gattaca. These characteristics appear to be contrasted by the other characters in the film, such as Anton and the conforming Irene, who are perceived to be ‘flawless’ in the context of their surroundings but are quite mechanical and emotionless. This is due to the fact that whilst they are genetically ‘perfect’, they do not seem to possess the human qualities, …show more content…
Vincent makes the assertion that “they’ve got you looking so hard for any flaw, after a while that’s all you see.” This is perhaps the most telling aspect of the ‘superior’ society which reinforces the idea that the future has become little more than an emotionless, mechanical system, and that in the manufacturing of a ‘better world’ has lost sight of what is truly important.

This relates to the fact that Vincent personifies many traits that other characters do not, and in many ways shows the society in which he lives as being more flawed than he is. Even though Vincent has been surrounded by many negative forces throughout his life, his optimism is a trait that is not prevalent in the genetically superior, such as Anton, who believe in their “right” to their standing in society. Vincent, through his desire, shows that his endeavor is more valuable than any DNA profile, an idea exemplified when he states that “there is no gene for fate.” This is another manner in which Gattaca supports nature as opposed to an engineered existence

The world of Gattaca and the ‘pure’ engineered society as a whole instills in many characters a fear of failure and a conformist nature that is indicative of one that has lost sight of what is truly important. Irene is a primary example of this in the film – she is obsessive, anxious and quite robotic in both actions and appearance. She is consumed by the burden of perfection and her want to keep up with the rigours of her

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