Gattaca

1250 WordsFeb 10, 20065 Pages
Andrew Niccol's Gattaca portrays a discriminatory society in which status and quality of life is determined solely by a DNA profile. However, it is against this oppressive regime that Vincent Freeman shines, as Niccol conveys the importance of maintaining individuality – in those qualities which deem his protagonist unique. Throughout the film Niccol criticises those who conform and contribute to this, while simultaneously he praises those valids who do rebel in order to emphasise how pivotal it is that the human race does not succumb to lead the existence portrayed by this "not to distant future" society. From an early point in the film, Niccol depicts the environment of the Gattaca corporation. It is a sterile and artificial world…show more content…
Here, this juxtaposition As a child, Anton is seen to possess much arrogance, stating coldly to Vincent "How many astronauts are there anyway…I bet I could be one, if I wanted" and taunting him with comments such as "come on you coward" during their frequent swimming challenges. Hence Anton can be considered as one who believes that success will be delivered to him solely because he possesses a "far cleaner profile". Yet, here Niccol reveals Anton's fault in this assumption, as ironically he is in adulthood he is observed working as a "law-enforcement" officer in a position less respected than Vincent who is a highly esteemed "First-class Navigator". Hence Here, this is perhaps one of the most significant indicators of Niccol's underlying message to hold onto one's individuality, as Vincent is seen to succeed not due to his superior genetics, but to his persistence and dedication. Furthermore, Niccol praises the numerous individuals, besides Vincent, who act to rebel against the prejudiced society in which they live. Take Irene, who initially appears equally preoccupied with science as other valids as she has Vincent "sequenced". In this scene, Niccol emphasises the shallow ideals on which this society bases love, as the woman alongside Irene casually remarks "I kissed him five minutes ago…a real good one" However, following Irene's discovery of Vincent's
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