Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: July 1st, 1998

PG-13 |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior "in-valid." He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered "valid." He assumes Jerome's DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent's plans.

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal, Alan Arkin, Loren Dean, Jayne Brook, Elias Koteas

Director: Andrew Niccol

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Jersey Films, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: House , Investigation , Escape , Death , Love , Transformation , Suspenseful , Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this intelligent and suspenseful science-fiction drama featuring strong performances by Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, and Gore Vidal. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The average thriller, even if it's set in a faraway or futuristic world, tends to offer visceral, ephemeral excitement, and not much else. However, while Gattaca has the energy and tautness to compare with the best of those, its thought-provoking script and thematic richness elevate it to the next level. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the smartest and most provocative of science fiction films, a thriller with ideas. show more

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