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Consider Gods handiwork who can straighten what he hath made crooked Ecclesiastes 713 Such is the opening quote and the thesis of director Andrew Nichols film Gattaca 1997 Although the film is based on the lives of genetically engineered human beings and the effects that such have on the invalids that is those who are God-children it deeply criticises the values of a society of valids through its satirical tone and the use of film noir techniques Gattaca not only supports the belief that nature despite its flaws is preferable to a supposed error-free genetically engineered existence but it also advocates that nobody should tamper with what God has made crooked Through the medium of the film director Nichols attempts to encourage viewers that humanism can defeat genetics and that science has simply gone too far Throughout the film Gattaca tackles the debate over the influence of nature versus nurture and ultimately finds nurture in the form of humanism to be by far more successful than a genetically perfect birth This is symbolised in the game of chicken played by Vincent and Anton both as children and as adults Although their mother Marie knows that Vincent will do something someday genetics tries its hardest to prove her wrong This is evident when at the beginning of the film Anton the valid child continuously wins the game as he is stronger and has no excuse to fail The paradigm shifts when Vincent wins for the first time proving that the human spirit can overcome genetic imperfection and can emerge victoriously over a supposed high genetic quotient Such an idea is proven even further during the course of the film particularly during the scene where Vincent must cross the road without his contact lenses in order to meet Irene on the other side The other side of the road can be interpreted as the valid world and it is through sheer faith that Vincent is able
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