Welcome to a dystopia

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Les élèves de 5B et D immersion ont profité du confinement pour découvrir des livres, films ou séries.  Ils vous proposent chaque semaine une critique, in English of course! De quoi donner des idées pour la suite…

Voici la première…

            Recently, I have watched a film called “Welcome to Gattaca”. It is written by Andrew Niccol and produced by Columbia Pictures, in the United States of America. The film has been released in 1997. It is an anticipation/science-fiction film which immerses us in a realistic future.

                This film was in my watchlist, but I didn’t know a lot about it and the trailer I had seen was a sequence of the film, so I was not very hyped. But as soon as I started the film, I got gripped by the story and attached to the main character. It has enthralled me from start to finish.

                In a futurist world, we can choose the genotype of our children. In this high technological future, children are created “in-vitro”, artificially, in order to have the best children, with the most advantages (intellect, strength, endurance) and the less disadvantages (illnesses, addictions…). It created a huge gap between naturally and artificially made children:” discrimination had become a science”. Vincent Freeman is a naturally born child, an “invalid”. His dream is to go to space, to become an astronaut. In order to do this, he needs to go to Gattaca: a center for space studies and research for people with an impeccable genetic heritage, which isn’t the case of Vincent: he belongs to the lowest class possible. But nothing can stop him: he will use the identity and collaborate with Jérôme Eugène Morrow, a perfectly made human with an impeccable genetic heritage. Here starts his ruse of the entire society…

                As I already said it, the movie enthralled me from start to finish: it is because I got attached to the main character (maybe because I have the same dream). The plot is very original too. The story shows that motivation and mental perseverance are stronger than anything else in the world. If you want something, even if it is almost impossible, you can do it with motivation and time. I think it is a good moral.

                Welcome to Gattaca use elements from the famous novel: “1984” by George Orwell and “Brave New Worlds “by Aldous Huxley. It’s very interesting plot and its realistic representation of a possible future turned this movie into a masterpiece. A must-to-see if you’re interested in sci-fi or in the future in general.

Martin Clotuche, 5B