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October 25, 2007

Gattaca

I'm slowly working my way through my Top 10 SF films that I haven't seen. I watched Gattaca last week.

Gattaca is a great film: atmospheric, beautiful, intelligent, some great acting (particularily Jude Law) and it doesn't pretend to not be Science Fiction.

Initially I wasn't sure about the infodumpy voice over at the start, but it's combined with some beautiful cinematic shots and I think in the end it works. The story does what good SF does, intelligently extrapolates an idea, the films core idea being that your genes will determine what you can do in the future. It's not a new idea, but it's handled stylishly.

The last quarter of the film has a large dose of crime thriller thrown in, but it still works.

Despite being generally downbeat and depressing there's a tinge of hope in the film, which is really nice. (Compare that to Children Of Men which was brilliant but left me thoroughly depressed.)

All in all, cool film. Recommended.

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Excellent film.

That movie has one of my all-time favorite lines in it: "I never saved anything for the swim back."