Run time: 106 mins
In Theaters: Friday 24th October 1997
Box Office Worldwide: $12.5M
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Production compaines: Columbia Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Fresh: 45 Rotten: 10
IMDB: 7.8 / 10
Director: Andrew Niccol
Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman, Jude Law as Jerome Eugene Morrow, Gore Vidal as Director Josef, Uma Thurman as Irene Cassini, Alan Arkin as Detective Hugo, Xander Berkeley as Dr. Lamar, Jayne Brook as Marie Freeman, William Lee Scott as Young Anton Freeman, Loren Dean as Adult Anton Freeman, Ernest Borgnine as Caesar, Tony Shalhoub as "German", Una Damon as Head Nurse
Everything goes well for awhile, and just as Vincent is about to realize his dream of going up as part of a space mission, the web starts to untangle. Here's where the problems of Gattaca start: you see, as a mystery, it really isn't much of one. The investigation into the murder of the mission director who may have known Vincent's secret is never very focused, and Alan Arkin's Columbo-type flatfoot seems to uncannily know where to go at every turn. By the time the investigation is over, the whole thing has felt like a put-on to waste an hour of screen time.
On the other hand, Gattaca succeeds quite well at making us feel like this could really happen. Director Andrew Niccol has put beaucoup work into the set and costume designs, and the yellowish lighting makes Gattaca a real creep-out. As a cautionary tale about not messing with Mother Nature, Gattaca is similarly successful, if obvious about it.
This movie is great if you're looking for more of 1984 than Star Trek for your brand of future-shock... and if you're willing to believe that Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman are flawed in any way, Gattaca's definitely your cup of tea.
Gattaca hallway or torture chamber? You decide.