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Ethan Hawke is Vincent - a naturally conceived yet sickly child, compared to his brother Anton - a son who has been artificially conceived and the chosen foetus among several in the quest to eliminate genetically inferior traits. However, as Vincent grows, his one ambition is to fly on a space mission, and this becomes his all-consuming aim. He begins work at the space agency 'Gattaca' as a grade G cleaner. Yet he is driven to the extent that he is sold the genetic identity of Jerome, a healthy high-flyer who has been crippled, played by Jude Law. Vincent has to undertake painful surgeries and trick the constant genetic ID tests in order to fully assume Jerome's identity - and to fulfil his ambition for space flight. His new identity is soon in jeopardy when a murder is committed, and the premises of Gattaca are scoured for DNA evidence of anyone listed as 'in-valid'.

Julie Skelton

Gattaca Columbia Pictures, 112 minutes. Cert. 15

'Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?' (Ecclesiastes 7.13) - the text is used on screen at the beginning of this timely science fiction film, in the mould of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. The audience is invited to consider the evidence before them . . .