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A young man assumes a false identity as a genetically perfect space navigator until a murder investigation threatens to expose his subterfuge.
October 2019
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Director: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, and Ernest Borgnine


1997, USA, 106 minutes, Digital, PG-13

Language: English

Distributor: Sony Pictures Repertory

Throughout Fall 2019, Science and Film will explore the meanings and uses of science and technology in film through special screenings, guest lectures and and interactive discussions.

Program Notes

What are the scientific and ethical issues surrounding genetic engineering? How closely do movie depictions of gene modification mimic real science, and what can they tell us about the ethics of this controversial technology? Join us for a screening and discussion of Gattaca, as we explore the science behind the movie, the future of gene modification, and the ethics and science of CRISPR, the powerful gene editing technology that promises to upend our notions of what it means to be human.

Expert Guests:

Dr. Nathaniel Comfort, Professor, Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Debra J.H. Mathews, Assistant Director for Science Programs, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University

Prepare for the discussion with these class readings:

Why This Scientist Keeps Receiving Packages of Serial Killers’ Hair

Revisiting Gattaca in the Age of Trump

A Path Through the Thicket

Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin and Jude Law star in this engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Hawke stars as Vincent, an “”In-Valid”” who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent’s dreams steadily unravel.”

Critics' Praise

“This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas. At a time when we read about cloned sheep and tomatoes crossed with fish, the science in Gattaca is theoretically possible.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A handsome and fully imagined work of cautionary futuristic fiction.”
— Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

“An impressively fine-tuned first feature.”
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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