Set in the 'not too distant' future, social class in Gattaca is defined by genetic formation. Eugenics, the process of conceiving children through genetic manipulation, is the most common avenue of giving birth. Although discrimination is illegal, the analysis of D.N.A is common and those who are naturally born are considered 'invalids' and are relegated to menial jobs. Vincent Freeman is one of the last babies to be conceived naturally. When he is born, doctors inform his parents of his numerous genetic shortcomings and he is given an estimated lifespan of 30.2 years. Vincent is then treated as being 'critically ill' and his parents ardently believe that any minor incident has the ability to take his life. Vincent's younger brother, Anton, is conceived by genetic selection and is Vincent's genetic superior. Anton is considered to be worthy of his father's name because he does not have any genetic shortcomings. Vincent dreams of a career in space but is prevented from getting into the training program due to his status as an "invalid."
The two brothers often play a self-invented game called "chicken." This game can also be seen as defining the relationship between the two brothers, where the one who was deemed superior drowned and was saved by his genetic inferior. Both of the brothers swim out into the sea and the one to turn around and swim back is deemed the loser. One day, Vincent finally wins a game of chicken and saves Anton when he starts to drown. Vincent runs away from home.
Vincent works a menial cleaning job at the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation and conceives a plan to gain employment at Gattaca by using DNA samples from an Agent. The agent takes Vincent to Jerome Eugene Morrow, who is a former star athlete that became paralyzed due to his suicide attempt after coming second in the swimming world championships. The contract between them is simple: Marrow will give him his elite genetic status in society while Vincent will maintain Marrow's luxury lifestyle. To avoid detection, Vincent must meticulously groom and clean himself every day to avoid leaving traces of his own genetic material and must carry samples of Jerome's DNA to pass genetic screenings. Vincent excels in Gattaca as soon as he has Jerome's genetics. He is only asked for his urine sample, which is proof of his genetic superiority, at his job interview and is given a lucrative position at Gattaca.
Vincent meets Anton again after the authorities are called in to investigate a murder in Gattaca one week before Vincent's space launch to Titan. Vincent is entrenched in controversy as he is considered the top suspect. The brothers meet during the investigation, and Anton challenges him to a game of chicken. Once again, Vincent wins and takes both of the brothers back to safety using celestial navigation.
During this time Vincent becomes close to his work colleague, Irene Cassini, due to the investigation. Even though she is one of the most talented people in Gattaca, she is unable to go on the Titan mission due to her defective heart. Vincent encourages Irene to overcome her genetically faulty heart and find her self-confidence. This enables the two to fall in love. Jerome gives Vincent a note to keep on the morning of his launch and tells him to read it after takeoff after revealing he has created enough D.N.A samples to last Vincent two lifetimes.
But one final genetic test awaits Vincent before his launch. He is stunned to discover that Dr. Lamar, the doctor in charge of conducting background checks has been aware of his true status. Lamar allows Vincent to keep his genetic validity because of his son, deemed genetically perfect but not so in reality. When Vincent opens Jerome's note, he finds a lock of his hair. Meanwhile, Jerome dons his silver medal and incinerates himself in his luxury home's incinerator.
Gattaca (Summary and Analysis) Essay
1623 WordsDec 2nd, 20037 Pages
A Film by Andrew Niccol
Summary and Analysis
Exactly five seconds after he came into the world, Vincent Freeman was already considered to be a looser. His first genetic test revealed high probabilities of hyperactivity, sight troubles and serious heart diseases, a life expectancy of 30 years and 2 months and quite low intellectual faculties. At that time, the artificial insemination of test tube babies selected according to their genetic potential had become for many people "the natural way of making children". But Vincent's parents had preferred to let the other nature take its course. Of course they regretted it, and for their next child they went to see a geneticist. A perfect son has been born to them, a son…show more content…
Just when Vincent was about to be sent to undertake a mission on Titan, one of the managers is assassinated in his office. The police went through the whole company with a fine-tooth comb and found one of Vincent's eyelashes. After a fast analysis, they found out that it belonged to a man who had worked long ago for the company as a cleaner but who had disappeared years before. The mysterious man was the number one suspect and his picture was everywhere. But no one matched it with the wrong Jerome. No one but the lieutenant who was no other than his brother, Anton. For him, that was hard to believe. This brother who had always been inferior to him was then far above in the hierarchy and had become a murderer. At first, he tried to protect him. Totally puzzled, he wanted to understand how Vincent managed to join Gattaca before he is arrested, so he did everything in order that the inspector who was in charge of the case could not find him. Irene is an attractive and intelligent woman, also employee at Gattaca. She has got the same dream as Vincent but she presents an inadmissible risk of heart failure which stops her from going into space. She grew very fond of Vincent but she thought he would not be interested since she was not as perfect as him. Of course, Vincent does not have the same opinion as her or anybody else about shortcomings. He