October 30November 6, 1997
A ho-hum attempt to cash in on the hysteria surrounding the recent breakthroughs in cloning, Gattaca is set in "the not-too-distant future," where eugenics has become the law of the land, and natural-born children are relegated to the most menial tasks. Not so Ethan Hawke, who despite being a "utero" has managed to fool the system and infiltrate the high-tech confines of an organization known as Gattaca, which prepares people for manned spaceflight. Trouble begins when Gattaca's mission director is murdered, and the resulting investigation threatens to throw light on Hawke's charade; he relies on Jude Law, whose genetically superior identity he has borrowed, and Uma Thurman, here at her most Teutonic, to escape. Andrew Niccol, who wrote and directed, has crafted a story which exploits a hot-button issue without ever scratching the surface.