In the future discrimination is based on genetics, not race or class. Parents see geneticist to filter out undesirable traits in their children. Vincent's parents decided to go trust mother nature and concieve naturally. Vincent is seen as genetically inferior and is doomed to a life of servitude. His parents have a second child and choose to consult a geneticist. this child is his parents pride and joy. Vincent is treated as if he's fragile and will die any moment.
Vincent dreams of going into space but he is seen as unfit. He finally gets the courage to go out on his own when he beats his "genetically superior" brother in a swim race.
He decides to use one of the genetically elites identities to get into the space program. It's a complex procedure, in which he uses the donors body fluids to fool gene testing machines. He is set for a flight when the director of the program is murdered.
While the investigators are working Vincent loses an eyelash leaving his DNA. The murder investigation focuses on him. The detective is sure that Vincent is the guilty party. It becomes harder for him to diguise himself.
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.
Trivia: One of the biggest themes in this film is DNA and how it can be used (and misused) to give information about people. It's interesting that the name 'Gattaca' is spelled using only the letters which stand for the four nucleotide bases which comprise DNA: guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine. The word GATTACA looks like a short sequence of DNA.
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?
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