Gattaca

Andrew Niccol's ‘Gattaca' is a science fictional film about ambition, conquest and determination.
The movie is set in the future with a number of very different characters, Vincent is a very determined soul who was brought into this world in what's not considered ‘'the natural way''. His parents decided that he was to be a god child which means they would leave everything under his hands, unfortunately god did not bless Vincent with the best genetic makeup and he was destined for failure and a life expectancy of 30 years.
Anton is his younger but bigger, stronger brother that was genetically created by the local pharmacist, Anton was named after his father, for he was more perfectly made up and was worthy of his fathers name where as Vincent was not.
Jerome Morrow, also known as Eugene was introduced as a hero and near perfect human being, but to Vincent's and also the viewers shock, even a person with Eugene's genetic makeup with near perfection could also have something limiting his life.
He was to come to Vincent's rescue by lending him his identity, in return Vincent pay the rent and looked after his "personal needs''.
Irene is a sincere woman who I believe is quite understanding, she falls for Vincent not because of ‘his' genetic profile but for his personality and human spirit.
Vincent also falls for Irene and learns a lot about the world after he has done so. But out of all of these different characters who is the real hero in the movie ‘Gattaca'?

Vincent holds a lot of heroic qualities, but what sort of heroic qualities does he have? Vincent's bravery was displayed in the scene where he an Irene are crossing the busy road.
Vincent's eyesight is not as well as it should be because of him removing his contact lenses, he struggles to see anything at all whilst crossing this busy road.
Determination for his final goal, which is to gain entrance into space, was what drove Vincent into stepping out onto the road and crossing, not leading any evidence to Irene that he couldn't see.
Another heroic quality of Vincent's is when he saves his brother Anton in the last two swimming games that they play, Vincent during the last swim was not close to his brother Anton at all, but this did not stop him from completing the heroic act of saving his life.
The final and most valuable heroic quality of Vincent is his spirit.
As the quote of the movie goes "there is not gene for the human spirit" this is very evident in the way that Vincent acts compared to the gifted and ‘advantaged' people.
Vincent's human spirit was exceptional and it was what kept him in the game with the genetically modified beings, the continuous negativity that Vincent received about a part of himself that he couldn't change drove him to his determination that motivated him into reaching his ‘true' potential.

Jerome Morrow or Eugene is an under estimated hero of this film, his bad qualities like his drinking, smoking and snappy personality is made obvious, but his greater and heroic qualities remain uncovered.
Eugene gives the ultimate sacrifice of giving up his identity, in the beginning he is unhappy with his achievements (coming second), and gives up his identity for money and self pity.
But by the end of the story he has realised there is more to life and he is too late to realize this but as he says to Vincent "I just lent you my body, you lent me your dream", he is thankful to Vincent for this and makes the huge sacrifice of permanently giving his identity away to Vincent.
Another heroic and courageous act by Eugene is his own swimming scene where he climbs up the stairs in what seems takes an eternity.
Eugene does this in the act to protect his very close friends false identity and this is quite admirable.
Eugene could also be considered a hero in the sense that heroes are of a superior race and he is certainly falls into this category.

Irene is also a hero in my views, she holds the ability to feel true love for an individual and Andrew Niccol sets out the impression that the rest of the genetically created world does not possess these kinds of feelings.
Irene also comes to Vincent's rescue by giving him a chance to realise what love is, Vincent had never experienced this feeling and he was clearly missing out on one of the essentials of the world.
He comes to realised this towards the end of the film, "for someone who was not meant for this world, I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it", this relates back to what he has learnt off Irene and also Eugene about life, more than what he has ever achieved.

These are the three characters in which I think possess heroic qualities within the movie Gattaca, each for different, but justified reasons.http://www.oppapers.com/essays/Gattaca/68180

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