Ragtag Cinema Columbia, MO


Libby Cowgill

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Missouri

Gattaca— The biological basis of human achievement

Is greatness (or lack of it) hardwired in our DNA? Anthropologist Libby Cowgill discusses genetics, potential, and the possibility of breeding superior humans.

Ragtag Cinema Columbia, MO

Film Synopsis

In a dystopian future that prizes ideal DNA above all, a genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to outer space. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) as a genetically inferior "in-valid," and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a perfect genetic specimen. He assumes Jerome's identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). Just when Vincent is finally scheduled for a space mission, a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret.