Directed by Andrew Nicol
Professor Farcwa's Movie Review
"There is no gene for the human spirit"
Interview - Professor Farcwas' Office - afternoon
The Professor sits at his desk, staring out at the glorious view of a frayed
brick wall. Releasing the view isn't all it's cracked up to be.... he
directs his attention to a dull coloured pigeon on the window sill.
Farcwas: Hello little birdie! Hello! Talk to dadda, yes... tweet tweet.
The bird craps on the ledge.
Farcwas: You dirty fucking bird.....
He opens the drawer under his desk to reveal a large .44 magnum handgun. As
he reaches for it there's a knock at the door. Farcwas slams the drawer
Farcwas: Who it is?
We enter the room immediately taking a seat
Farcwas: You really want to know do you? You want to know about Gattaca?
Farcwas: Genetics. It's all about genetics.... the perfect human hybrid. A
faultless life of health, intellect and prosperity. That's what is
important. God's children no longer. Life is now conceived through a test
tube. An allocated lifespan and absolutely no birth defects, addictions or
Us: What about choice?
Farcwas: It doesn't beat perfection. Happiness is in the genes.
The professor ignores our query.
Farcwas: Gattaca my little crusader, is one of the most reputable space
research centres in the world, their employee requirements are beyond
comprehension. They seek elite. The perfect human specimen. Not unbalanced
God child like yourself, born from the foulness of natural conception, born
Us: Why are you being such a prick?
Farcwas: Because I can be. The fact is that you would not have the slightest
chance of getting into that place. They only seek the optimum quality of the
genetically designed human.
Us: I couldn't care less.
Farcwas: Although there is one.... Vincent (Ethan Hawke). An amazing example
of a God child. He beat the system.
Farcwas: His dream was to travel the planets and stars to work at Gattaca.
Which he successfully accomplished.
Us: I thought they only seeked the elite?
Farcwas: He plagiarised. Stole an identity. The identity of Mr Jerome
Morrow, an English athlete and scholar born from the tube, flaw
Us: I can't see how, considering Gattaca keeps a tag on their employees
through DNA tracing.
Farcwas: Through an elaborate scheme he and Jerome worked together to devise
an number of ways to beat the system. Vincent or should I say, Jerome used
Jerome's urine and blood to get through. Vincent's brain was sufficient
enough to accomplish the rest.
Farcwas: This is where it gets interesting. Vincent then becomes one of
Gattaca's elite members. Always keeping his true self undercover. That's
when the company director is murdered. Now this director was against
Vincent's mission which makes Vincent a potential suspect. He then falls in
love with a colleague.
Us: Was she nice? (smirk)
Farcwas: Nice enough... Furthermore, the leading investigator in the murder
happens to be Vincent's brother. A genetically enhanced human.
Us: How convenient.
Farcwas: Anyway, Vincent overcomes the obstacles and achieves his dream.
Us: How inspiring. Do you think it's worth me pursuing?
The professor hesitates.
Farcwas: Why not.
We look at our watch and realise it's time to go.
Us: I best be going.
Farcwas: Please, come again.
We shake the professor's hand then exit. The professor focuses his attention
back on the pigeon still on the window sill. He pulls out the
text - David Price