Gattaca : Episode 14

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What: Ethan Hawk is, in this world, “genetically inferior” and assumes the identity of a superior person in order to pursue his dreams.
Directed by: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law

Recommended and Related Media

Genetic Determinism and Gene Therapy in Gattaca by David A Kirby
A good article from someone much smarter than us about Gattaca and “the new eugenics.”
Read it here

decipherSciFi Episode 11 – In Time
Our previous episode about another really good movie from writer/director Andrew Niccol.
Check it out here

Show Notes

Why does everyone love this movie?

Underdogs, sticking it to the man, engaging with our sense of justice and living the American Dream! Or something.

Genetic Determinism

The world of Gattaca banks on this big-time, but in real it’s much more complicated. Nature AND nurture. People are more than the genes they start with.

Designer Babies

Current practices with in vitro and in vivo baby testing. Down syndrome.

The New Eugenics

Racism. “Positive” and “negative.” American eugenics programs. Medical choices are eugenic.

Genetic Discrimination

Loooooong list of inconveniences Ethan Hawke has to keep up with to not get caught. Financial arrangements. Colloquial speech in Andrew Niccol’s films.


Have a safe trip, Vincent.

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