The story of Gattaca is set in “the not-too-distant future”, a chilling expression which infers that its author and director is certain that not only people are evolving towards the society described in his visionary film, but also that it is happening very fast. In this future, most children are genetically manipulated while still embryos. Segregation in all ways of life is not based on gender or ethnicity any more but on genetic material. Those born naturally, either because the parents could not afford or refused scientific intervention, are the new underclass.

“They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They don’t say that anymore. I’ll never understand what possessed my mother to put her faith in God’s hands rather than those of her local geneticist. Ten fingers, ten toes, that’s all that used to matter, but not now. Now, only seconds old, the exact time and cause of my death was already known.” — Vincent from Gattaca

Like director Andrew Niccol’s other films The Truman Show and the not-so-great Simone, this film explores what it means to be human. It’s a “must see” for those interested in bioethics and a great film to discuss in any group setting.

Do you think Gattaca accurately portrays what our future will be like? In what ways does Gattaca raise issues about “The Human Future?” If you have seen this film or are interested in the film, let us know.