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"Gattaca" is a sci-fi for the intellectuals, not necessarily for intelligent people, but certainly a thrilling thriller, which will have the intelligencia mulling all the genetic issues in the history of all societies. The ones of yore and the current ones that makes this story highly possible.

Ethan Hawke as an in-valid janitor who longs for a space mission to Saturn, but having been born through the natural process, he is an in-valid, while Jude Law who is paralyzed is a valid. They exchange identities through a DNA broker, but things are not that easy in this galaxy of the mind. There is danger at every turn and discovery of his true identity creates tension with a capital "T".

Jude Law is ever so effective from a wheelchair; his brooding good looks are only a promise of a prelude to his performance as Kevin Spacey's lover in the forthcoming "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil". Loren Dean as Anton and Ethan's brother scores menacingly, where did all these young talented actors descend upon the unsuspecting audience?

Uma Thurman is so stunning in her cool approach to a portrayal that you can't help but feel that there's betrayal in such a beauty. Alan Arkin does his detective job superbly and almost effortlessly. Ernest Borgnine is a surprise! But the real surprise is Andrew Niccol, from New Zealand in his debut as writer director; he leaves an indelible mark to remember. Of course if the story has intonations of Ann Rynd's "Anthem", which was an excellent book, or George Orwell's "1994", or Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", he might have been influenced by their validity on valids and in-valids or even 'de-gene-er-ates, whatever it is going to keep dinner table talks at a brisk brouhaha! It is sleek and cons you easily.

Columbia Pictures
Co-producer: Gail Lyon
Produced by: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Written and directed by: Andrew Niccol
With: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Ernest Borgnine
Director of photography: Slawomir Idziak
Costume designer: Colleen Atwood
Rated: PG-13

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Original Date Saturday 25 October 1997
Updated Saturday 25 October 1997