The sci-fi film Gattaca was back in the news cycle last year thanks to Senator Rand Paul quoting whole segments of its Wikipedia website description in a speech about abortion he gave at Liberty University (Paul accused pro-choice advocates of supporting eugenics, such as seen in the film). Set in the near future and starring Ethan Hawke, Gattaca is a brilliant look at a world in which the genetic manipulation of new children is an exact science. Babies born through technological means are known as valids and acquire the absolute best physical traits of their parents. Babies born the traditional way are known as in-valids and face severe discrimination based on genotype. Hawke plays Vincent Freeman, an in-valid who assumes the genetic identity of a paralyzed former Olympic swimmer in order to fulfill his dream of going into space. As the real-world science of genetic testing and manipulation grows ever more fantastic, the film offers a look at the impact such advancements can have on society. It also has a lot to say about the idea that we are more than just the circumstances of our birth. An extremely beautiful film, Gattaca got an Oscar nomination for art direction. This is a rare chance to see its tech-noir glory on the big screen.
11:55 p.m. Landmark River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit landmarktheatres.com. $10.
Fri., April 11, 11:55 p.m., 2014
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