Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Good Story 189: Gattaca

Scott and Julie decide to get their genetics tested. The results are in: their DNA says they are top notch opera singers. Tickets on sale soon! Episode 189, Gattaca (1997), directed by Andrew Niccol.

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Consider God's handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked?
- Ecclesiastes 7:13


  1. One of my favorite movies for the reasons you listed. Well-acted intelligent SF is definitely the minority. I also love how it explores the ethical considerations in story form.

    Unfortunatel we seem to be on the downslope towards the problems detailed in this movie. Pre-natal science geared towards “eliminating the unfit” instead of medical remedy. That future is already here. IVF where multiple embryos are implanted in a Darwinian scenario hoping one survives. If too many survive than a “reduction” becomes required. I remember the story of the deaf lesbian couple who deliberately created a deaf child. With the advent of CRISPR technology no doubt we will be seeing more of this and the move towards designer babies. Plus there will be the unattended consequences, such as how IVF can result in shorter lifespan and increased medical problems.

    1. I hadn't heard of that deaf couple. Horrific! I meant to mention also that as part of their marketing campaign they ran fake ads for genetic engineering of babies. And hundreds of people contacted them wanting it.