Gattaca – There is no gene for the human spirit

Gattaca is one of most exciting movie of the last twenty years, in terms of ideas and philosophical meaning, especially the ethical issues raised by this film. Produced by Andrew Niccol, Gattaca raises the question of eugenics, and beyond this issue, the role of technique in modern society.

Gattaca is a science fiction film without fighting, or impressive special effects : that’s because it favors ideas, the substance rather than form. In fact Gattaca wants to reflect on issues such as eugenics. Gattaca is a brilliant reflection on the human freedom.

In a future time when people are born genetically engineered, Vincent is the product of natural reproduction and is genetically predicted to die at age 30. Vincent defies his fate and under false identity enters Gattaca, an astronaut training program for a manned mission to a moon of Saturn. Vincent borrows the genetic identity of a paralyzed athlete named Jerome, in the form of blood samples, hair clippings, and skin scrapings. When one of Gattaca’s supervisors is murdered, investigators are brought in and they soon discover the presence of Vincent’s real DNA. He thus becomes a suspect and attempts to dodge efforts link his real DNA to his new identity. The real murder is eventually caught, and Vincent successfully makes the Saturn voyage. “Gattaca” deals with two distinct.

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: The morality of creating genetically engineered humans, and the ability to act contrary to our biological predispositions. Both of these points are encapsulated in an advertising line for the movie: “There’s no gene for the human spirit.”

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