Gattaca Film Essay

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‘Gattaca’ is a strong example of science fiction genre. Andrew Niccole’s film explores a society in which science, genetic engineering and perfection are worshipped and has successfully divided people into ‘valids’ and ‘invalids’ based on a reading of their DNA . This film acts as a kind of lesson for current audience , because it depicts a future corrupted by technology .Gattaca focus on the futuristic use of technology to determine the future of an individual by their DNA extracted from birth and the implications it has .The increased focus on technology has decreased human element. The opening epigraphs, “I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature, I think Mother Nature wants us to (William Gaylin)”, and “Consider God’s handiwork;…show more content…
The scene begins with a criticised interior of ‘Gattaca’. The crisp white walls, artificial light and minimalistic decorations indicates the structured and rigid nature of the society, as the is no room for imperfection.It later focused on hundreds of workers dressed in suits, ascending an elevator. The costumes and low-angle shots of the rising workers indicates that these are the noble in the society . The protagonist is sighted as he reaches the very top of the elevator .His appearance is very professional , as he has smooth back hair ,a suite and a well fixed tie. Which indicates as rising to successes for the protagonist . He pierce his finger on a device , which triggered a green light, indicating his genetic code.The sound effects emphasises the lack of warmth within ‘Gattaca’ institute, as repetitive loud footsteps emphasise the tedium and lack of individuality and space within the ‘Gattaca’. As he is introduced as Jerome , he uses a small vacuum to clean particles from his computer keyboard to exterminate any evidence of his DNA. There is an extreme close up as he sprinkles the content in the jar which compromises of skin, hair and nails around his work station . The contents in the jar are key elements throughout the film, as they represent the society’s obsession with genetics

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