is the story of one man’s courage to achieve his dream.
, written and d
ed by Andrew Niccol is a science fiction thriller set in the “not too distant future”.
Vincent Freeman is
one of the last of the 'In
alids', conceived in
love rather than in a test tube. Upon his birth
a DNA test suggests he has a 99% chance of developing a heart defect and dying before he is 30. This
condemns him to a life lived in fear of early death, a life where he is a source of constant worry to his
where schools bar him for being an insurance liability and where he is denied the chance to achieve his dream
that of being a space pilot. His father
tells him "
Son, the only time you're going
to see the inside of a space shuttle is if
Yet Vincent refuses to
accept this brave new world, and seeks a
way to deny his genetic destiny. He strikes
a deal with a c
rippled Valid, Jerome
nd steals his genetic identity
order to gain entry to Gattaca Aerospace
The death of
the Mission Director causes
be cast as a suspect in the murder,
and threatens to
unravel his elaborate deception
ruin his dream.
The twist is the fact that the
gator is Vincent’s brother Anton. Include a
love interest who may discover Vincent’s secret and
you have a chilling science fiction thriller that causes viewers to question where our society is headed.
Short Answer Questions
Where does the title GATTACA come from?
is the significance of Vincent and Jerome’s
What does the spiral staircase in Jerome’s apartment represent?
“They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They
don’t say that anymore.”
What is the
destiny of an “in
valid” in the world of Gattaca? List three problems the
discrimination of Gatta
causes for invalids?
Main Characters: Vincent Freeman, Jerome (Eugene) Morrow, Irene
, Anton Freeman
Choose one of the main characters in Gattaca a
nd create a
mind map about this
character. Include quotes and key scenes. Refer to the sample character mind map
What do you
*by concealing his real identity
*reason is because Vi
inspiration to Lamar’s genetically
Quotes: “I never did tell you about
son, did I? He’s a big fan of yours.”
“Unfortunately, my sons not all they said
he would be. But then who knows what
he could do right?”
Works at Gattaca
test, urine, health
ng that he is an
Only seen in
scenes set in
“Consider God’s handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked.” ~
“I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature, I think Mother Nature wants us
to.” ~ William Gaylin
Niccol introduces the morality of scientific advancement with the two opening quotations
that question the right of man to int
erfere with nature or God’s creation.
This is what makes
Gattaca particularly relevant to today as we live in an age where technology is advancing
rapidly. While the first quote is from the Christian Bible and argues against tampering with
the other by William Gaylin argues that nature was intended to be tampered
with. Niccol is using Gattaca to pose the question: Where does society draw the line?
task is to research genetic engineering and consider both the positive and negatives
mes of genetic engineering. Please answer the following research questions in detail.
You must reference where you get your information from:
What is genetic engineering?
What are the benefits of genetic engineering?
What ethical and mo
ral questions are raised by genetic engineering?
What is your opinion on genetic engineering?
What do you think is the film’s message about genetic engineering?
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