Gattaca

Gattaca (1997)

Ending / spoiler

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The murder case is solved. The director (Gore Vidal) is the killer and Vincent (Ethan Hawke) had nothing to do with it. Vincent confronts the detective, who turns out to be his younger, genetically-engineered brother Anton. His brother challenges him to another swimming endurance test. Vincent wins and rescues his brother. He reveals his true identity to Irene (Uma Thurman). She accepts him the way he is. Jerome (Jude Law) sets him up with enough genetic material to last him a lifetime and tells Vincent he's travelling too. Vincent is set to go into space but they ask him for a urine sample. He doesn't have any of his equipment to fake the sample. He gives a true sample and starts to admit his identity to the doctor. The doctor implies that he already knew Vincent was an impostor. He lets Vincent go on the flight anyway, alluding to his own son's genetic disposition. Jerome commits suicide in his home's incinerator while wearing his second-place swimming medal. Vincent, en route to Titan, opens an envelope with a lock of hair from Jerome, has second thoughts about leaving Earth for a year, but realises he may be symbolically returning to his true home in space.

Shantelle

Revealing mistake: When Jude Law needs to pull himself up the flight of stairs to reach the intercom, you can see him use his hips, despite the fact that he is paralyzed from the waist down.

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Vincent: For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... Maybe I'm going home.

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Trivia: The staircase in the house of the real Jerome Morrows is actually a resemblance of a DNA structure. Similar to Watson and Crick's model, except for the fact that the staircase has a right-handed turn. The DNA helix is a left-handed turn.

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Question: When 'Jerome' has his blood tested with the syringe, and jumps up pretending to be in pain, he puts his own test tube down on the trolley, but the sample from his arm was in the syringe; why does the doctor not realise that it's not his? Is he in on it, or is the syringe suppose to be filling from the test tube, like the finger print capsules?

Bryn Charles

Chosen answer: Jerome does a little sleight of hand, switching the vials.

Greg Dwyer

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