Andrew Niccol’s work as writer/director has usually impressed me, with this, The Truman Show (as writer only) and Simone (as both of the roles.)

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Ethan Hawke as Vincent Freeman
Uma Thurman as Irene Cassini
Jude Law as Jerome Morrow

Written and directed by Andrew Niccol

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In the future, a person’s genetic makeup determines everything about
that person’s life, prospects and career.

High Point

The pre-flight checkup was a great moment. After all, they’d need to
have a talented doctor for the group, and this allows them to have
that without losing credibility.

Low Point

Not being recognized by Ceasar. (This was corrected in the deleted
scenes, but I think it should have been a part of the final cut.)

The Scores

This feels surprisingly original, considering that it’s a
stylistic and thematic return to the sci-fi of the 1960s and 1970s,
warning us of about dangers to society if we do not change our ways.
I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects are minimal and transparent. 6 out of 6.

The story uses plausible science with disturbingly plausible
outcomes. The plot holds together, with a mix of character work and
societal implications to keep things going both “on the surface” and
in the deeper implications. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting is as cold as the society depicted. I’m sure it’s
just what the director ordered. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response is most effective in terms of
implications than in terms of the actual plot. Personally, I find
that the love story portion doesn’t work at all. I give it 5 out of

The production was paced and shot like 1970s sci-fi. It’s a
distinct style, but filming techniques have evolved in significant
ways since then. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a very good movie, and a great example of hard
sci-fi. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Gattaca receives 35 out of 42.