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"Gattaca" (1997) - Sam Gall's Movie Review Issue #10 Gem Mint 10.0

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

"Gattaca" (1997) directed by Andrew Niccol

"A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel."

Starring: Ethan Hawke Uma Thurman Jude Law Alan Arkin

You might like this if you liked: Westworld (HBO) (being the most recent and hottest thing, I didn’t realize how much this show takes from Gattaca), Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Thrillers, Uma Thurman (big Uma fan), Jude Law (fantastic in this, love me some J-Law), great take on society, humanity, how we’re told what we should be… fascinating, Christopher Nolan fans would enjoy this I think, fans of Kubrick’s 2001 perhaps and even tackling similar themes from classic books like 1984 and Brave New World.

Ethan Hawke in "Gattaca" (1997)

To be god damn honest I only heard about this movie from FX’s The League from the one only character of Rafi (played by Jason Mantzoukas) screaming “GATTACA” in S04E03 and followed up by my fiancé telling me how good it was and was shocked I hadn’t seen it… and you know what? I was pretty shocked too.

A big reason I’m even recommending this at this time though is how huge I’m seeing the similarities of the hit HBO show “Westworld” especially with the latest Season 3 episodes that are currently premiering I thought recommending this would be a nice throwback to some great 90’s sci-fi.

Ethan Hawk (left) & Uma Thurman (right) in "Gattaca" (1997)

I should assume, being as this film came out in 1997, that many people HAVE ALREADY SEEN THIS. But having just watched it for the first time a few days ago, it’s still ringing in my head how f*cking great it was. Definitely had big Christopher Nolan vibes watching this and it’s just even funnier to me that his brother Jonathan Nolan is the co-creater of HBO’s “Westworld”.

Jude Law in "Gattaca" (1997)

Best Ethan Hawke and Jude Law performance I’ve ever seen. Alan Arkin was a charm to see. I know it wasn’t HER story but I could always use more Uma. But man, dark, beautiful, real, thoughtful and scary yet hopeful. I don’t like to give plot away but if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend. Again, don’t mock me, I’m shocked too I hadn’t found this gem sooner. But hey, better late than never.

Written by Sam Gall on 04/03/20

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

Trailer for Gattaca (1997):