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There is no gene for the human spirit.

It’s a commonly accepted fact that “Gattaca” is one of the best movies of all time.

It was made in the Golden Era for the arts, the period between 1994 and 1998.

So, what makes it so great?

Number one, it’g got an absolutely banging concept at it’s core.

The story is set in the “not-so-distant future” in a society which embraces Liberal Eugenics.  The majority of parents in this world use advanced techniques in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to implant only the very best of their DNA in their offspring.  Those created under this process are termed “Valids” and those who are born the old fashioned way are termed “In-valids”.

In this society, discrimination because of someones genetics is officially against the law, however it is Valid’s who have all the power.

In the words of the main protagonist:

“They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They don’t say that anymore.”

A young couple decide to conceive their first child, Vinent, the old fashioned way.  Immediately after his birth, the Doctor who delivered him analyses his blood and is able to determine that in later life he will have a heart condition that will almost certainly kill him before he is 30 years old.

The couple have a second child, and this time they use the genetic techniques available to create a “perfect” offspring.

As they grow up, Anton begins to surpass his older brother in almost every area, and Vincent’s parents treat him as an invalid. However this all stops when both brothers are in their late teens. Vincent challenges his brother to game of chicken where they swim out to sea, to see which one will tire first and have to swim back to shore.  Anton has won every race, however on this final occasion Vincent bests him and ends up Saving his brothers life, who nearly drowns.

Immediately after, Vincent leaves home.

Vincent dreams of being an astronaut, however because of his perceived heart condition he has almost no chance of ever realising his dream.  No matter how hard he studies, or how hard he trains.  The best test scores in the world won’t alter the results of his blood tests.

In his desperation, he accepts the offer to become a “Borrowed Ladder” i.e. A person who impersonates a valid with appropriate genetic profile.  It is then that he takes over the identity of Jerome Morrow.

It is then that he goes to work at Gattaca…

Now go and watch the film.  Leave your pre-conceptions of science fiction films at the door, and prepare to watch one of the most beautiful, heartwarming and thrilling movies you will ever see.

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