The movie Gattaca portrays a futuristic dystopian society obsessed with the elimination of human flaws in order to aim for the perfecting the genetic quality of humans through eugenics. For this reason, the society is highly influenced by discrimination against invalids, people who are born naturally and not through genetic engineering.
Despite the oppression from such a corrupt society, one can always achieve their dream by possessing hope in one’s self. Which ultimately influences others to fight against the corrupt social structure. The protagonist of the movie, Vincent, was suppressed as a second class human purely because of his invalid identity in the eyes of society; however, he never gave up his dream of being an astronaut. His hopeful attitude eventually convinces a doctor to erase his invalid identity and help him achieve his dream. The hope Vinsten holds in himself and his future is the defining factor that pushes him to fight against the dystopian society. Corrupted by the biased social standard, even Vincent’s parent thinks that his dream is unrealistic due to his low social status: “Listen for God’s sake, you gotta understand something, the only way that you’ll see the inside of a spaceship is by cleaning it” (Niccol). Born as an invalid, Vincent would only be hired as janitor in the society of Gattaca. Yet, he does not believe that he should give up on his true passion just because of other peoples’ disdain for his genetic condition.
In the hope of being as good as any “valid” person, Vincent pushes himself beyond his limits to accomplish his dream. His hope of being better gives him the courage and energy to rebel against the rule of society. Vincent switches identity with a valid person, Jerome, in order to become a spacenavigator for the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation, despite the fact that taking the risk might puts himself in danger. His faith in achieving his goals and his hope for the future pushes him to keep believing in himself and eventually fulfill his lifelong dream. The power of hope has empowered Vincent, making him capable of fighting against the corrupt society of Gattaca.In a similar manner, Vincent’s hopeful attitude encourages others to rebel against the prejudiced society.
Furthermore, hope motivates a person and can often inspire similar strength in others, pushing them to fight against the dystopian society. Right before the launch of the spaceship, Vincent is told to perform one unexpected urine test. As he does not have Jerome’s DNA sample, he fears that all he have done would just be for nothing, that there is no hope after all. Dr. Lamar says, “You don’t want to miss your flight Vincent” (Niccol).
Knowing about the invalid identity of Vincent, Dr. Lamar changes his result with Jerome’s valid identity. Dr.
Lamar states that his son admires Vincent. Dr. lamar hopes that his son, who is flawed regardless of having a modified perfect gene, will still be able to achieve his dreams. He says, “Unfortunately, my son’s not all that they promised. But then, who knows what he could do, Right?” (Niccol). Showing his change of heart in the face of Vincent’s hope to achieve his dream. While suffering from the oppression of genetic segregation, Vincent does not lose hope, on the contrary, he continuously proves to society that success is not written in your genetic code. With the power of hope and persistence, overcoming the impossible is possible.
By showing Dr. Lamar that there is no gene responsible for the human spirit, Vincent declares that although he has a imperfect genetic makeup, he is just as good as any ‘valid’ people who have modified genes. In conclusion, Vincent’s perseverance and determination to achieve his goal stems from his hope.
The strength of his hope bolsters his spirit allowing him to achieve his dream of traveling to space and helps him overcome the pressures of a dystopian society. Meanwhile, his achievement also moves Dr. Lamar and brings hope to Dr. Lamar’s son, who suffers from the discrimination of the corrupt social structure as well.