Gattaca

Gattaca (1997)

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The murder case is solved. The director (Gore Vidal) is the killer and Vincent (Ethan Hawke) had nothing to do with it. Vincent confronts the detective, who turns out to be his younger, genetically-engineered brother Anton. His brother challenges him to another swimming endurance test. Vincent wins and rescues his brother. He reveals his true identity to Irene (Uma Thurman). She accepts him the way he is. Jerome (Jude Law) sets him up with enough genetic material to last him a lifetime and tells Vincent he's travelling too. Vincent is set to go into space but they ask him for a urine sample. He doesn't have any of his equipment to fake the sample. He gives a true sample and starts to admit his identity to the doctor. The doctor implies that he already knew Vincent was an impostor. He lets Vincent go on the flight anyway, alluding to his own son's genetic disposition. Jerome commits suicide in his home's incinerator while wearing his second-place swimming medal. Vincent, en route to Titan, opens an envelope with a lock of hair from Jerome, has second thoughts about leaving Earth for a year, but realises he may be symbolically returning to his true home in space.

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Continuity mistake: When Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman are escaping form the party, the sleeve of Ethan's suit is ripped under the armpits when he hits the cop but in a few seconds you see his sleeve completely fixed. (01:11:40)

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Vincent: For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... Maybe I'm going home.

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Trivia: In the Gattaca world, people like Vincent who fake their genetic profile are known as borrowed ladders. This is a reference to the double helix, or ladder shape, of DNA.

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Question: How exactly does the device that Vincent uses on his legs to make him taller work?

Answer: The leg bones are fractured completely across, at a location between the rings of the device. Thereafter, while the bones are knitting back together, the device is periodically adjusted to drag the bones away from each other a fraction of an inch. The bones continue to grow toward each other to close the gap, gradually lengthening. It is an astoundingly painful way to add height.

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