"The Film Gattaca Presents a World Destroyed by the pursuit of our perfection. Discuss."
Andrew Niccol's film Gattaca does present a world where the world has been destroyed by human's pursuit of perfection. It is the characters in the movie which show this, Vincent, Jerome & Irene. These three characters illustrate a world to the viewer, a world were perfection means everything. It is this I intend to illustrate for you on how Andrew Niccol's film shows us a world that has been destroyed by the human pursuit of perfection.
Vincent is considered an invalid in the world of Gattaca, because he wasn't created the valid way. The valid way is done through altering the genetic code of a person, a person engineered to be perfect. Vincent however is anything but perfect; he has a 99% of Heart Failure and is presumed to die at the age of 30. The world of Gattaca is one based solely on perfection, this is shown by the selection criteria of the Gattaca program, in which only the perfect enter, valids. This shows the audience on how intent the world of Gattaca is on being perfect, with the creation of a 'perfect' civilization. The world is destroyed; there is a new underclass that is discriminated upon and not given a chance to succeed in the world. One scene in particular which shows this is when the Investigator has all the Invalids lined up for testing, we see darkness which shows the audience that these invalid's live a dark life. It is this new underclass which shows us the destruction of the world in Gattaca all for the pursuit of our own perfection.
On the other Hand we have Jerome Morrow who is an valid. Jerome has the perfect helix so to speak, with an off the scale IQ and a heart of an ox. Jerome is an example of how the world's people are with their pursuit to perfection. Jerome lives under the burden of perfection which is a burden which many in the Gattaca world would be und